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Belgrade Arena (Serbian: Београдска арена / Beogradska arena) is one of the largest European multi functional indoor sport arenas located in Belgrade, Serbia. It is designed as a universal hall for many sports events, including basketball, handball,

volleyball, tennis, athletics, and a hall for cultural events and other programs. With the total space that covers 48,000 square metres, and a total capacity of up to 23,000 seats (for handball events; standard 20,000 seats), it is among the largest indoor
arenas in Europe. Its cost is estimated at 70 million. Belgrade Arena was the venue of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Belgrade Arena is situated on E-70/E-75 highway, leading to Novi Sad and Budapest in the North, Zagreb in the West and Ni and Athens in the South. Arena's parking is limited in spaces, though nearby residential areas provide enough room for vehicles.

It takes a 15-minute drive from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport to the Arena. Ride from downtown 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 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 and
Continental Hotel Belgrade.

For the first time ever a public concert was held in front of the Belgrade Arena on December 31, 2007 as part of the New Year's Eve celebrations. Another new feature was an ice rink of 800 square metres erected near the Arena which was opened from December 21, 2007 to January 21, 2008.

The first event held in Belgrade Arena was a Socialist Party of 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 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 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. 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 Championship), table tennis (2007 European Table Tennis Championships) and judo (2007 European Judo Championships), the concerts of the most significant artists of Serbia and former Yugoslavia, including the likes of 50 cent, RBD, David Copperfield, Phil Collins, Lenny Kravitz, Rihanna, The Chemical Brothers, Andrea Bocelli, political rallies, product exhibitions and numerous other events...

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