Torino Palavela

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The Palazzo a Vela photographed in 1961 by Paolo Monti
Torino Palavela
Former namesPalazzo delle Mostre
Palazzo a vela
LocationVia Ventimiglia, 145, 10127 Turin, Italy
Coordinates 45°01′24″N7°40′09″E / 45.02333°N 7.66917°E / 45.02333; 7.66917 Coordinates: 45°01′24″N7°40′09″E / 45.02333°N 7.66917°E / 45.02333; 7.66917
OwnerCity of Turin [1]
Type Indoor arena
Capacity Basketball: 9,200 [2] [3]
Figure skating and Short track: 8,285 [4]
Built1959–1961 [4]
RenovatedOctober 2003 - December 2004 [1]
Construction cost110 Million lire [5]
Panoramic view of Expo 61 with Palazzo a Vela, photographed by Paolo Monti in 1961. Paolo Monti - Servizio fotografico (Torino, 1961) - BEIC 6337366.jpg
Panoramic view of Expo 61 with Palazzo a Vela, photographed by Paolo Monti in 1961.

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, [6] and 9,200 when configured for basketball games. [2]



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. [7] As part of the renovation, a new seating system was installed at the arena. [8] 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.

The arena also hosted the 2008 ULEB Cup Final Eight, [2] and also the same event, under the competition's new name of EuroCup, in the 2008–09 season. [3]

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  8. The Palavela arena