Arena Zagreb

Arena Zagreb is the largest sports hall in Croatia.

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It was built in 2008, for the purpose of hosting the 21st Handball World Championship. Due to its beauty, functionality and importance, Arena Zagreb has become a new architectural symbol of the City of Zagreb.

The project was developed in cooperation between the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb and the construction company INGRA, based on the concept of public-private partnership. Partnership between the public and private sector is one of the main drivers of growth of cities and the implementation of capital projects worldwide, however this concept has only recently been applied in Croatia. Nevertheless, this concept has proven to be a highly successful model for funding key urban investments.
Due to its capacity, multi-functionality, and technical equipment, Arena Zagreb has become an invaluable asset not only to Zagreb and its surrounding regions, but to all of Croatia. Finally Zagreb has a facility worthy for concerts of the world's top musicians and great sporting events. Before this, such events were almost impossible to organize, due to the lack of adequate facilities. The pace of which events fill Arena Zagreb's calendar schedule gives testament to the importance of the Arena to Zagreb and the entire nation. Since its opening in 2009, Arena Zagreb's events calendar has been quickly filled with scheduled concerts of world-renowned musicians.

Construction of Arena Zagreb began on 21st of July 2007, and lasted for 503 days. The first event that took place in the newly built Arena was a friendly handball game between Croatia and Russia on 27th of December 2008. 15 200 spectators were there to see the Croatian side triumph over their Russian opponents. The official opening of Arena Zagreb occurred on the 17th of January 2009. The opening was accompanied by a spectacular concert led by the well-known Croatian rock group Prljavo Kazalište, in front of 22 500 spectators. 

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Celebrities about Zagreb

Juliette Gréco

Juliette Gréco

I remember Zagreb as a beautiful city, and the people I met were very nice and offered me a warm welcome. The audience was wonderful as well. Really, that concert has been like a lovely souvenir.

Source: www.muzika.hr

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg (actor) spent the autumn in Zagreb in 2007: Zagreb is an incredible town. I enjoyed sightseeing the old parts of the town, and at night I went to clubs. I was thrilled that it was near Austria and Italy, so I visited Venice, Milan, Ljubljana, Graz, Split... over the weekends.

Source: www.vjesnik.com

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly

We're enjoying this Tuesday in Zagreb. We're heading onto the main stage of the INmusic Festival soon.

Source: INmusic festival

Courtney Thorne Smith

Courtney Thorne Smith

Thank you for one of the best hotel experience ever. The rooms were extraordinary, the staff was great, and every moment was beautiful. And Zagreb... magical! All the best!

Source: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Pixies

Pixies

Big thanks on behalf of the PIXIES for another wonderful day in Zagreb! This is a great festival and a wonderful audience (less rain next time, please!). See you.

Source: INmusic festival

Alex Kapranos

Alex Kapranos

Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) wrote about Zagreb on his blog: http://bit.ly/nO3yin

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona

I am sorry that I have not had the opportunity to stay longer and see a little more, but the Jarun Lake and clubs impressed me, has all the elements of good entertainment.

Source: Hotel Antunović Zagreb

Snoop Dog

Snoop Dog

Everything is great here, the girls are beautifull, the service is exceptional. What more can I ask from the town?

Source: Hotel Antunović Zagreb

Baka DJ, Ruth Flowers

Baka DJ, Ruth Flowers

Zagreb is beautiful, but the people thrilled me the most. Everybody is so kind and outgoing. I could not wish for better hosts.

Source: Hotel Antunović Zagreb

Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel

I like Lisinski very much. It was very intense to perform there, because people came, listened carefully and felt the music in their hearts. Lisinski is a beautiful concert hall, and I am very honored to be performing there. I have wonderful memories of my first performance in Lisinski.

Source: www.muzika.hr