After decades of waiting, years of talks and two years of construction, the door of new modern Stožice Arena finally opened in August 2010.
Unbelievable arena, true sports beauty was officially opened on August 10th when basketball national teams of Slovenia and Spain played an exhibition game. After that, a spectacular boxing match in a sold-out arena took place, and from that date on, numerous concerts of renowned musicians such as Bryan Adams, One Republic, Micheal Buble, Leonard Cohen, Joe Cocker, Jose Carreras, David Guetta and others took place.
Basketball club Cedevita Olimpija moved its offices and whole basketball club system from legendary Tivoli Arena, where complete Slovenian basketball legacy was written, to ŠRC Stožice. The full move took place during 2010/2011 season. Cedevita Olimpija is not alone in the arena, as also women handball club Krim moved there, soon after. Volleyball club ACH Volley is also playing their international games in Stožice Arena.
Our club started playing basketball games in Vurnik Arena in Tabor; from 1951 on, we played on basketball court right under the Cekin Castle. In 1954 the sports court was renovated, and in 1965, Olimpija moved to legendary Tivoli Arena, where the club stayed until the municipality decided to build new Stožice Arena.
Basketball players of Cedevita Olimpija played its first game in Stožice Arena on October 9th 2010, while Euroleague debut in the new arena took place on October 20th, when Cedevita Olimpija beat Turkish powerhouse Efes Pilsen after two overtimes in last minutes of the game. The new era of the club has begun.
TIVOLI SPORTS HALL
Tivoli Hall, also known as the cradle of not only Ljubljana’s but also Slovenian basketball, was built between the years 1963 and 1965 and is known as a legendary sports arena for the Slovenian sports fans, where unforgettable events have taken place.
In the smaller of the two arenas within the complex, which has a capacity of 4050 seats, the record attendance was recorded in 1970, when the World Cup took place in Ljubljana. 14.000 fans attended the game between home side of Yugoslavia and the United States of America. In the end of the event, Yugoslavia won the gold medal.
Several top-level events took place in the arena. Besides the domestic competitions of former Yugoslavia and Slovenia, let’s mention just a few of the international events, such as EuroBasket, EuroLeague and Basketball Champions League.
Today, Cedevita Olimpija uses the arena for the games which can not be scheduled in its home Stožice Arena, where the club has officially moved in the 2010/11 season.