9. iauliai Arena
Šiauliai arena, J. Jablonskio str. 16, Šiauliai, http://www.siauliuarena.lt/
It is one of the most impressive buildings of the city, which was opened on the 25th of July, 2007. It is an amazing building with a diameter of 100 meters, which four of five floors are covered with lambent holographic glass, attracting people eyes from far. This unique in lots of aspects building until now is attractive to architects and constructors. Functionality, acoustic, modernity and other matters of the building are solved integrally.
On the third floor of the arena 17 VIP loges are suited, connected with a "Battery" restaurant, which offers visitors an evening program during the event next to a glass of vine. In addition to this, on the fourth floor of the arena, there is arranged an up-to-date, modern hall of conferences and banquets. Beside this there are 10 mini VIP loges and a marvellous sauna complex. Arena guests and visitors are offered a parking lot with 600 of parking places.
About 70 sports, cultural, art and business events, various theatre performances, business seminars and congresses to the most various groups of consumers of Šiauliai City, Region and the whole Lithuania are planned in the arena within a year. There are about 5500 seats in the arena during basketball competitions and under 6000 places during concerts, depending on what kind of concert is held. It is expected to welcome more than 200 thousand people per year.
Not only cultural events are held in the Arena. Sport also has its own place in there. The basketball club of Šiauliai "Šiauliai" are having trainings and games in the main Arena hall, when portable floor is arranged and in the separate training hall when the main hall is arranged for a cultural event. This club plays games in LKL, BBL and FIBA Europe Championships.
Beside basketball Arena is planned to be adapted for indoors competitions and other sports events, including volleyball, handball, box, tennis, football as well as entertainment and other events, subject to its architectural solution and functionality.
This multifunctional complex is very important to Šiauliai City and Region from social and economical point of view. Nascence of such complex gives not only the wider choice of entertaining events and leisure, improves tourism infrastructure in Šiauliai City, but also improves social environment. The multifunctional complex is the centre for spending leisure time for the whole family. The enterprises and their representatives, located there, will provide services to the members of all age groups.