Polideportivo Islas Malvinas

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Polideportivo Islas Malvinas
Polideportivo Islas Malvinas
Location Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province
Capacity Basketball:
7,666 (permanent seating)
8,000 (full capacity)
Tennis: 9,800
Opened 1995
Peñarol Mar del Plata

The Polideportivo Islas Malvinas is an indoor arena located in Mar del Plata, Argentina which was built for the XII Pan American Games in 1995. It is qualified to host such sports as basketball, handball, volleyball and tennis, as well as to accommodate all kinds of shows, conventions and exhibitions. In the city, it is mostly known for being the stage where Peñarol de Mar del Plata play their home games first division basketball and local levels.

It belongs to the Teodoro Bronzini sports compound.

The arena's name reflects Argentina's claims of sovereignty over the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands in English).


The stadium is built in the Campo Municipal de Deportes of the city. It has an area of 1.3 has, of top international level. It has a sport area of 65 x 48 meters with floating floor 24 x 43 m

Provides a direct vehicular access to the center of the complex, allowing the convenience that emergency vehicles such as ambulances within reach in case of an emergency and also areas of storage, which allow easy entry of any element or equipment (such as: sound, lighting). Access to the public are 4 and access the pockets are 16 galleries, all with emergency exit systems, which provides maximum safety and flow for ingress and egress to the complex. All the infrastructure of health, gym locker rooms, food service and others, have special adaptations for disabled people. It is equipped with a heating and air renewal, four boards many changes, plus a network of 28 speakers. Until 2008 it had a video-wall, and was the only stadium in the country that has one, but the need to expand the number of seats for the performance of the Davis Cup had the video-wall removed to be replaced with more seats .

A major traffic area covered Edge is available to perform any kind of simultaneous events as gastronomy and wine tasting, exhibition and sale of products or others.

The stadium was originally allowed to accommodate 6,482 spectators. However, for the implementation of the 2008 Davis Cup, new seats were added. Currently, the stadium has 7,666 seats, although in peak condition (with spectators standing in doorways and sitting on the stairs) may have around 8,000 people. It also has VIP access to journalism, independent judges and players, conference room, shower facilities and complementary.

It is part of the "Teodoro Bronzini" Municipal Sports Park, a 35 hectares area with several sport venues, including the Estadio José María Minella, the Julio Polet Municipal Velodrome, the Pan American Field Hockey Stadium, the "Alberto Zorrilla" Natatorium, the "Justo Roman" Athletic stadium and the Patinódromo Municipal.


Originally built for the XII Pan American Games in 1995, the Polideportivo Islas Malvinas has become a symbol and pride of the city maximum, because it's the only one with those characteristics. When completed the Pan American Games, it began to be used with different types of applications. One, perhaps the most has justified its existence, was to be the stage where the basketball team first division Peñarol de Mar del Plata is local (most of the year is this use). For a year, so has been in the same place his archrival, Quilmes Mar del Plata. However, Peñarol has its home-court advantage at this stage, almost seamless (there were two years when for economic reasons could not make use of facilities) since 1995.

In addition it is used for stage shows, concerts and recitals in the summer, taking advantage of the high season for the city, where most shows Buenos Aires moved to Mar del Plata.

Finally, it is clear that the stadium is usually the place where they develop international sports tournaments such as basketball, handball and volleyball, as well as religious conventions and exhibitions. Its large capacity and features of the first level have allowed over the years a great flexibility to develop various types of activities.

Currently, the event which gathers more people and on a regular basis is the 'Superclasico' basketballQuilmes-Peñarol, where the stadium is filled with fans and supporters and sometimes even sold out completely. On that day, you have big security operation to prevent violence between the two factions.

The stadium was chosen to host the final of the Davis Cup 2008 (Spain – Argentina) to be played from 21 to 23 November 2008. For this occasion, the capacity was extended to 9,800 spectators capacity to meet regulatory actions requiring the organization. However, after moving seats that were removed had been placed solely for the tournament, and the final capacity for all events is 7,666 spectators.

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Coordinates: 38°01′04″S 57°34′28″W / 38.01778°S 57.57444°W / -38.01778; -57.57444

Preceded by
Memorial Coliseum
Portland, Oregon
Davis Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona, Spain
Preceded by
Roberto Clemente Coliseum
San Juan, Puerto Rico
FIBA Americas Championship
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Poliedro de Caracas
Caracas, Venezuela
Preceded by
Arena Armeec
FIVB Volleyball World League
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Nelson Mandela Forum