ITALY – The Pala Alpitour (also known as the Palasport Olimpico or PalaIsozaki) is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Turin’s Santa Rita neighborhood. It is located a short distance east of the Olympic Stadium. When equipped for ice hockey, the arena has a seating capacity of 12,350 people, making it Italy’s largest indoor sporting venue. The arena was built for the 2006 Winter Olympics at a cost of €87 million, and it held ice hockey competitions alongside the Torino Esposizioni.
Since its establishment, the Pala Alpitour has become one of Italy’s most popular concert venues. It is also the highest capacity facility in Italy for these types of events, with general admission center-stage concerts having a maximum capacity of 15,657 and general admission end-stage performances having a maximum capacity of 13,347. The arena was renamed Pala Alpitour on August 8, 2014.
The building’s design was the focus of an international competition, which was won by a Tokyo-based team led by architect Arata Isozaki. Archa S.P.A. Turin, Italy Arup s.r.l. Milan, Ing. Joseph Amaro, and Arch. Marco Brizio collaborated on the design research. The facility, which was built by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and Italian architect Pier Paolo Maggiora, is part of a larger sports complex known as the Central Compartment of Olympic venues, which also contains the Swimming Hall and park parade field.
With a base of 183 by 100 meters, the futuristic building’s façade is a rigid rectangular Cartesian coated stainless steel and glass construction. It has four levels, two of which are underground (up to 7.5 meters below the earth) and two of which are outside (up to 12 meters high). The structure’s entire length is over 200 meters.
To use the architect’s words, the facility was meant to be a veritable manufacturer of events. The internal structure of the arena, as well as the seating arrangements, are entirely adjustable. Because of a contemporary system of retractable and movable bleachers, as well as the option of a temporary moveable deck. The acoustics of the building can be changed.
The arena is a sort of magical box that was built to accommodate a variety of events following the 2006 Winter Olympics. Ice hockey, athletics, and a variety of other indoor sports, as well as indoor concerts, conventions, exhibits, festivals, parades, performances, religious meetings, and other activities, can all be held in the arena. When used for concerts, it has a maximum capacity of 18,500 seats.
- It opened in 2005 and has seats for 12,350 spectators. It also has a practice rink. It served as one of the venues hosting the ice hockey events at the 2006 Winter Olympics, including the finals.
- In basketball, the Pala Alpitour hosted the 2008–09 EuroCup Basketball final stage, and the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
- The Palasport was due to host the 2010-11 season’s Final Four of the EuroLeague, as announced on February 16, 2010, but the event was later moved to the Palau Sant Jordi, in Barcelona.
- It was one of the three main venues of the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men, which was held in Italy, the Philippines, and Serbia on July 4–10, 2016.
- The mixed martial arts events Bellator 152 and Bellator 176 were held at Pala Alpitour. The third and final round of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship was also held at the venue.
- Pala Alpitour has become one of the main venues for music events in Italy. Artists such as Bob Dylan, Madonna, Rihanna, U2, Florence and the Machine, 5 Seconds of Summer, Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande, Shakira, Renato Zero, Tiziano Ferro, Il Volo, Elisa, and Marco Mengoni have performed in the arena.
- In 2007, the venue hosted the opening ceremony of the XXIII Winter Universiade.
- From 2021 to 2025, the Pala Alpitour will host the tennis ATP Finals, marking the first time in history in which Italy will host the tournament.
an original text by oikotimes team