The Palazzo a Vela photographed in 1961 by Paolo Monti
|Former names||Palazzo delle Mostre|
Palazzo a vela
|Location||Via Ventimiglia, 145, 10127 Turin, Italy|
|Owner||City of Turin|
|Capacity|| Basketball: 9,200 |
Figure skating and Short track: 8,285
|Renovated||October 2003 - December 2004|
|Construction cost||110 Million lire|
Palavela, formerly known as Palazzo delle Mostre and Palazzo a Vela is an indoor arena that is located in Turin, Italy, on the bank of the River Po. It was designed by engineer Franco Levi and architects Annibale and Giorgio Rigotti. The arena is 130 metres in diameter. The Palavela was featured in the 1969 film The Italian Job . In a famous scene in the film, three Minis are seen driving onto and over the arena's distinctive roof. It has a seating capacity for a maximum 12,200 people,and 9,200 when configured for basketball games.
Palavela was originally built for the Italia '61 Expo, and was renovated for the figure skating and short track speed skating events at the 2006 Winter Olympics.As part of the renovation, a new seating system was installed at the arena. The cost of the renovation was 55,000,000 euros. It also hosted some events of the XXIII Winter Universiade in 2007. In 2008, the Palavela hosted the 24th European Rhythmic Gymnastics. It hosted the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships in March 2010.
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