Bizkaia Arena

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Bizkaia Arena
BEC
2017ko Bertsolari Txapelketa Nagusia - BEC - Dani Blanco 19.jpg
Bizkaia Arena, during the Great Bertsolari Championship in 2017
Location Ronda de Azkue Nr. 1, 48902 Barakaldo, Biscay, Spain
Coordinates 43°17′17.65″N 2°59′26.64″W / 43.2882361°N 2.9907333°W / 43.2882361; -2.9907333Coordinates: 43°17′17.65″N 2°59′26.64″W / 43.2882361°N 2.9907333°W / 43.2882361; -2.9907333
Capacity Concerts: 26,000
Sports: 15,414[1][2]
Record attendance 15,483 (Ukraine vs United States, 4 September 2014)
Construction
Opened November 2004
Architect ACXT
Tenants
Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (2009–2010)

Bizkaia Arena is an indoor arena in Barakaldo, Greater Bilbao. It is the biggest multipurpose hall in Spain, as it can hold up to 26,000 people,[3] and 15,414 for indoor sports. The arena is part of the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC) complex, the Exhibition and Congress Centre of Bilbao and Biscay, inaugurated in April 2004.

The venue regularly hosts basketball games, for which it has a capacity of 15,414.[4][5] It was one of the six venues used for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, hosted by Spain. The arena will host the annual MTV Europe Music Awards in 2018 as the awards show is held in Spain for the third time and the first time in Bilbao.[6]

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The arena was used as the home arena of the Spanish League basketball club Bilbao Basket during the 2009-10 season. In other seasons, it has also occasionally been used for their most attractive games. It hosted the 2010 Spanish King's Cup Final Eight.

The arena hosted a preseason game between Bilbao Basket and the NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers.[7] Several international pop and rock acts have also performed at the Bizkaia Arena.

The venue has also been used for other kinds of shows, such as opera, Disney on Ice, etc., political speeches, and religious meetings.

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