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The Štark
Štark
Arena (originally known as Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena) is a multi-purpose indoor arena that is located in Novi Beograd, Belgrade. It is designed as a universal hall for sports, cultural events and other programs. Its total floor area is 48,000 square metres.[2] For sports, it has a seating capacity for fans of 18,386, also has 70 luxury boxes, which include a total of 860 seats.[3] and stands for basketball with additional capacity.[4] The arena's cost was estimated at €70 million.[5] Štark
Štark
Arena is a member of the European Arenas Association (EAA).[6] The venue is used for several different events, such as basketball, concerts, futsal, handball, judo, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and water polo.

Contents

1 Location and influence 2 History

2.1 Design and Construction 2.2 Delay of construction 2.3 Continuation of construction 2.4 Completion 2.5 Name 2.6 Eurovision 2008

3 Events 4 Gallery 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Location and influence[edit] The Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena is situated in New Belgrade. Arena's parking is limited in spaces, though nearby residential areas provide enough room for vehicles. It's a 10 min walk from Novi Beograd
Novi Beograd
railway station, which offers international train services from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia
Slovenia
and Croatia, domestic train services (fast and regional trains) to and from Novi Sad, Subotica and Šid and urban rail services BG Voz. It takes a 15-minute drive from Belgrade
Belgrade
Nikola Tesla Airport to the arena. Ride from downtown Belgrade
Belgrade
would take the same amount of time, unless in rush-hour, when it could take up to 30 minutes to get to central Novi Beograd, where the arena is located. The construction of the arena has caused a substantial increase in prices for apartments in the surrounding area, which are mostly new. A new modern business district is scheduled to be constructed across the Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena. Hotel IN was the first new hotel to be built near the arena however the venue is also within walking distance from Hyatt Regency Belgrade
Belgrade
and Crowne Plaza Belgrade. History[edit] Design and Construction[edit]

Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena north-west.

In 1989, The City of Belgrade
Belgrade
was chosen to host the Basketball
Basketball
World Championship of 1994.[7] However, there was a condition for the city to build an all-new basketball arena. In the competition for the design of a new arena with seat capacity of at least 20,000, the winner was the design submitted by Belgrade
Belgrade
architect Vlada Slavica. In 1991 a location for the project was chosen – Blok 25 in New Belgrade. The project was carried out amid significant difficulties. For starters, the construction of such a mega structure had to meet a very tight deadline, since it was only 3 years to the World Championships. A team of 126 companies was formed to be part of the arena committee. Two architects were chosen to design the arena's roof. In 1992 construction started as the arena committee formed a partnership with American company HOK, experienced in building sporting venues. However, tough times were ahead. As the disintegration of Yugoslavia started, the United Nations
United Nations
imposed sanctions on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and HOK stopped all co-operation with the arena committee. Even with this setback, work on the Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena continued. Delay of construction[edit] In 1993, Belgrade
Belgrade
suffered one of its worst economic years in modern history. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
experienced record inflation rates, and as a result of the sanctions and the conflicts in Yugoslavia, Belgrade
Belgrade
lost the right to host the 1994 Basketball
Basketball
World Championships.[5] Following the formal announcement by FIBA, the arena's construction still continued for some time, though at a considerably slower pace due to the lack of material. However, sometime in 1995 the construction completely stopped. Continuation of construction[edit] Work on the arena re-commenced in 1998 as the city was chosen to host the 1999 World Table Tennis
Tennis
Championships to be held in the Belgrade Arena. By this time the roof was already taking shape towards completion, part of the façade was done and the interior was half complete. Once again, Yugoslavia lost the privilege to host the competition as the city was bombed by NATO forces the year the competition was supposed to be held. The first public event held in the Arena (which was still under construction at the time) was the final Slobodan Milošević
Slobodan Milošević
(president of Yugoslavia at the time) 2000 presidential election campaign rally, which was held September 20, 2000.[8] This was the last time Milošević has held a public speech. Completion[edit] After a change of government in Yugoslavia in 2000 and the lifting of all sanctions imposed on the country, the Arena, under new management, was completed in 2004 in time for the FIBA
FIBA
Diamond Ball tournament and Belgrade
Belgrade
finally got the right to host The 2005 European Basketball Championship.[9] Temporary licenses for public use expired in early 2006, following a series of sport events and concerts in 2005. Works on an automated fire prevention system and installation of elevators to meet European standards were completed by November 2006, while no events were held in the Arena in the meantime. The Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena received its permanent public use license on November 4, 2006 and re-opened its doors as a result.[10] Name[edit] During its construction, the provisory name of the arena was "Hala Limes". Yet, when the construction of the arena was finished in 2004, it was given the official name Beogradska Arena ( Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena). In February 2007, Serbian basketball coach Božidar Maljković
Božidar Maljković
started an initiative to name the Arena after another renowned Serbian basketball coach, Aleksandar Nikolić. Maljković presented his initiative to the city officials and the president of Serbia
Serbia
Boris Tadić, but the name change hasn't been accepted.[11] Instead, in 2016, another Belgrade sports hall, Pionir Hall was renamed Hall Aleksandar Nikolić.

Logo used for the arena from 2012 to 2017.

In June 2012, the arena officials signed a five-year agreement with Komercijalna banka
Komercijalna banka
to change the name to "Kombank Arena", and the name change became official in September 2012.[12] During UEFA
UEFA
Futsal
Futsal
Euro
Euro
2016, which has been held in February 2016, the Arena has been renamed from Kombank Arena
Kombank Arena
to Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena, for sponsorship reasons.[13][14] In October 2017, the arena was once again renamed, this time to Štark Arena, following the signing of a five-year sponsorship deal with Štark, a food manufacturing company.[15] Eurovision 2008[edit] The Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena was given the honour to be the venue of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008
Eurovision Song Contest 2008
in May 2008. The Arena was host to the 2 semi-finals and the final as well as dress and performance rehearsals. As a result, a new multimedia room with latest technology was opened in February 2008 in order to accommodate the technical team that would be in charge of the Eurovision broadcast. Events[edit]

Serbia
Serbia
- Brazil FIVB World League 2009
FIVB World League 2009
final, 22,680 spectators

The List of events held in Štark
Štark
Arena lists both past and upcoming events. The first event held in the Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena was a Socialist Party of Serbia
Serbia
and Yugoslav Left final election campaign rally, held September 20, 2000 before the 2000 elections in Yugoslavia. The construction of the Arena wasn't finished at that time. The official opening came nearly four years later, July 31, 2004, when the FIBA
FIBA
Diamond Ball basketball tournament was held. Since Arena had only temporary license, only several events were held during the next two and a half years. The first event held after getting permanent license was the 50 Cent concert, on November 6, 2006. One of the biggest events to take place in the Arena was the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
2008. In the final night of the contest an audience of over 20,000 was present. Other big events held in the Arena include numerous sporting events, notably the European championships in basketball (EuroBasket 2005), volleyball (2005 Men's European Volleyball
Volleyball
Championship), table tennis (2007 European Table Tennis
Tennis
Championships), and judo (2007 European Judo
Judo
Championships). The Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena was also one of the 69 venues to take part in the 2009 Summer Universiade
2009 Summer Universiade
Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the basketball competition. Arena was the host venue for the concerts of the most significant artists of Serbia
Serbia
and former Yugoslavia, as well as major international stars, including 50 Cent, Anastacia, Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Andrea Bocelli, Montserrat Caballe, Nick Cave, The Chemical Brothers, Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
and Steve Winwood, Joe Cocker, Leonard Cohen, Phil Collins, The Cult, Bob Dylan, Fatboy Slim, Peter Gabriel, Guano Apes, Guns N' Roses, Hurts, Il Divo, Iron Maiden, Jean Michel Jarre, Elton John, Tom Jones, Judas Priest, Alicia Keys, Mark Knopfler, Lenny Kravitz, Massive Attack, Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger
and The Pussycat Dolls, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Eros Ramazzotti, Jennifer Lopez, Rammstein, Chris Rea, RBD, Rihanna, Sade, Simple Minds, Shakira, Slash, Slayer, Slipknot, Sting, Whitesnake, Roger Waters, Zaz, ZZ Top, OneRepublic and many others. The Arena also hosted the second Green Fest music festival with performances by Franz Ferdinand, Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill
and The Raveonettes, the IQ festival headlined by Marylin Manson, and many other concerts, political rallies, product exhibitions and numerous other events. Also, in several international competitions, the record attendance has been set at the Arena. On February 2, 2009, the 2009 Fed Cup World Group II, Serbia
Serbia
vs. Japan tennis match set a record for an ITF event attendance with a crowd of 15,118 spectators.[16] On March 5, 2009, the first Partizan Belgrade
Belgrade
basketball game at Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena was held, a 2008–09 Euroleague
Euroleague
Top 16 match against Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos. A crowd of 22,567, a record for the Euroleague, saw Partizan win 63–56.[17] On July 26, 2009, the FIVB World League final between Serbia
Serbia
and Brazil was held in Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena, with an attendance of 22,680, which is a record of World League.[18] On March 26, 2014, Crvena Zvezda played Eurocup quarterfinal game against Ukrainian champions Budivelnyk Kiev. Zvezda won in the overtime 79–70 and this match gathered 24,232 spectators, which is a record for the Eurocup and also for any basketball game held indoors in Europe. This is also a record attendance of Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena.[19] The attendance of 18,473 at the final match of the 2016 Men's European Water Polo Championship, between Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro was the highest one in water polo history.[20][21] The 2018 EuroLeague Final Four
2018 EuroLeague Final Four
will be held at the Štark
Štark
Arena in May 2018.[22] Gallery[edit]

July 31, 2004: A ticket for the first day of the FIBA
FIBA
Diamond Ball 2004 basketball tournament and the official opening of the Belgrade Arena.

Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena in 2006 (west entrance)

Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena in 2007 (north entrance)

Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena during 2012 European Men's Handball
Handball
Championship

Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena during 2016 Men's and Women's European Water Polo Championship. The first time a water polo pool has been installed in the Arena.

See also[edit]

List of stadiums in Serbia List of indoor arenas in Serbia List of indoor arenas in Europe List of tennis stadiums by capacity

References[edit]

^ "Kombank Arena- Kombank Arena
Kombank Arena
Profile". www.kombankarena.rs.  ^ "Страница није пронађена". Град Београд - Званична интернет презентација - Страница није пронађена.  ^ "Kombank Arena- Kombank Arena
Kombank Arena
Profile". www.kombankarena.rs.  ^ "Kombank Arena- Mesta u Kombank Areni". www.kombankarena.rs.  ^ a b Novosti Vecernje novosti Sport ^ "Official Website of European Arenas Association". EAA. Retrieved 2016-06-16.  ^ 24sec.net - Basketball
Basketball
News - Diamond Ball preview! Archived 2007-10-19 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Centralna promocija liste kandidata SPS i JUL" (in Serbian). B92. 2000-09-20. Retrieved 2010-02-17.  ^ " Belgrade
Belgrade
to host EuroBasket 2005". [permanent dead link] ^ "Najskuplja kad je - prazna". www.novosti.rs.  ^ "Profesor Aleksandar Nikolić je zaslužio da 'Arena' nosi ime po". 17 December 2015.  ^ "New name for Serbia's Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena".  ^ " Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena". UEFA. 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2016-01-31.  ^ " UEFA
UEFA
prekrstila "Arenu"!". Večernje novosti. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-31.  ^ "Београдска арена ће пет година носити назив "Штарк арена"". RTS. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.  ^ "Ovacije teniskim junakinjama u "Areni"". Politika. 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2009-03-06.  ^ "Partizan sets crowd record at Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena!". Euroleague.net. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-03-06.  ^ "Infomedia". www.fivb.org.  ^ "Crvena Zvezda Telekom's sets new European attendance record".  ^ " Serbia
Serbia
completes hattrick in front of 18,000 fans". LEN. 2016-01-23. Archived from the original on 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2016-01-25.  ^ "Rekord u Areni, finale gledalo 18.473 ljudi". B92. 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-01-25.  ^ "The Final Four goes to Belgrade
Belgrade
in 2018!". Euroleague
Euroleague
Basketball. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Belgrade
Belgrade
Arena.

Official website (in Serbian) Official website (in English)

Coordinates: 44°48′50.95″N 20°25′16.89″E / 44.8141528°N 20.4213583°E / 44.8141528; 20.4213583

Events and tenants

Preceded by Stockholm Globe Arena Stockholm FIBA
FIBA
EuroBasket Final Venue 2005 Succeeded by Palacio de Deportes Madrid

Preceded by Hartwall Areena Helsinki Eurovision Song Contest Venue 2008 Succeeded by Olympic Indoor Arena Moscow

Preceded by Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona Davis Cup Final Venue 2010 Succeeded by Estadio La Cartuja Seville

Preceded by Wiener Stadthalle Vienna European Men's Handball
Handball
Championship Final Venue 2012 Succeeded by Jyske Bank Boxen Herning

Preceded by Jyske Bank Boxen Herning European Women's Handball
Handball
Championship Final Venue 2012 Succeeded by Arena Zagreb Zagreb

Preceded by Ginásio do Ibirapuera São Paulo World Women's Handball
Handball
Championship Final Venue 2013 Succeeded by Jyske Bank Boxen Herning

Preceded by O2 Arena Prague Davis Cup Final Venue 2013 Succeeded by Stade Pierre-Mauroy Lille

Preceded by Alfréd Hajós Stadium Budapest European Water Polo Championship Venue 2016 Succeeded by Piscines Bernat Picornell Barcelona

Preceded by Sportpaleis Antwerp UEFA
UEFA
Futsal
Futsal
Championship Final Venue 2016 Succeeded by Arena Stožice Ljubljana

Preceded by O2 Arena Prague European Athletics Indoor Championships Venue 2017 Succeeded by Emirates Arena Glasgow

Preceded by Sinan Erdem Dome Istanbul EuroLeague Final Four Venue 2018 Succeeded by TBD

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Belgrade

Municipalities

Barajevo Čukarica Grocka Lazarevac Mladenovac New Belgrade Obrenovac Palilula Rakovica Savski Venac Sopot Stari Grad Surčin Voždovac Vračar Zemun Zvezdara

Landmarks

Avala Tower Republic Square Pobednik Prince Michael Street Kalemegdan Nikola Pašić Square House of Flowers Gates of Belgrade Slavija Square Students Square Monument to the Unknown Hero Beograđanka Topčider Belgrade
Belgrade
New Cemetery Tašmajdan Park

Palaces and castles

Royal Compound

White Palace Royal Palace

City palaces

Old Palace New Palace

Countess Ljubica's Residence Residence of Prince Miloš Despot Stefan Tower Captain Miša's Mansion

Religious buildings

St. Sava St. Michael's Cathedral St. Mark's Church St. Basil of Ostrog St. Anthony of Padua Russian Church of the Holy Trinity Fenek monastery Zemun
Zemun
monastery Belgrade
Belgrade
Synagogue Bajrakli Mosque

Culture

Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts National Theatre in Belgrade Sava Centar Belgrade
Belgrade
Philharmonic Orchestra Belgrade
Belgrade
Drama Theatre Yugoslav Drama Theatre Madlenianum Opera and Theatre Atelje 212 Boško Buha Theatre Belgrade
Belgrade
Book Fair National Library of Serbia

Museums

Belgrade
Belgrade
City Museum Ethnographic Museum Museum of Vuk and Dositej Museum of African Art Museum of Ivo Andrić Museum of Applied Arts Museum of Contemporary Art Military Museum Museum of Theatrical Arts of Serbia Museum of Aviation Museum of Natural History Museum of Yugoslavia National Museum of Serbia Jewish Historical Museum Nikola Tesla Museum Railway Museum

Education

University of Belgrade University of Arts in Belgrade University of Defence John Naisbitt University Singidunum University Union University Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment

Sport centers

Pinki Hall Ranko Žeravica Sports Hall Kombank Arena FK Obilić Stadium Omladinski stadion Partizan Stadium Aleksandar Nikolić Hall Rajko Mitić Stadium King Peter I Stadium Tašmajdan Sports Centre Voždovac
Voždovac
Stadium Zemun
Zemun
Stadium

Healthcare

Clinical Centre of Serbia Military Medical Academy

Transport

Belgrade
Belgrade
Nikola Tesla Airport Belgrade
Belgrade
bypass BG Voz Belgrade
Belgrade
Metro Tram system Belgrade
Belgrade
trolleybus system

People

List of people from Belgrade

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Štark
Arena (Belgrade)

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Košarkaški klub Crvena zvezda

Founded in 1945 Based in Belgrade, Serbia

History

Founder European competitions All-time roster Records Head coaches Supporters Youth team Current season

Home arenas

New Belgrade
Belgrade
Sports Hall (1968–1980) Aleksandar Nikolić Hall (1980–present) Štark
Štark
Arena (2009–present)

Administration

Nebojša Čović
Nebojša Čović
(President) Nebojša Ilić (Sports Director / Team Manager) Dušan Alimpijević
Dušan Alimpijević
(Head Coach)

Star players

Aleksandar Gec Nebojša Popović Aleksandar Nikolić Borislav Stanković Vladimir Cvetković Zoran Slavnić Zoran Radović Saša Obradović

Retired numbers

8

Saporta Cup winners (1)

1974

ABA Championships (3)

2015 2016 2017

Rivalry

Partizan

Other sports

Basketball
Basketball
Ladies Football Handball Ice hockey Volleyball Water polo

Parent club

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