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Palavela, Turin

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Palavela, formerly known as Palazzo delle Mostre and Palazzo a Vela is an arena 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. Originally built for the Italia '61 Expo, Palavela was renovated for the figure skating and short track speed skating events at the 2006 Winter Olympics. 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.
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 has a seating capacity for a maximum 12,000 people, and 9,200 when configured for basketball games. The arena hosted the 2008 ULEB Cup Final Eight and also the same event under the competition's new name of the Eurocup in the 2008-09 season.
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  • Built to mark the centenary of the 1961 Unity of Italy along with other city buildings, the Palavela is back in vogue after years of anonymity at the 2006 Winter Olympics, when it displayed all its beauty and functionality also due to a skilful renovation. I have attended it extensively during many competitions and figure skating galas, on all the 2010 World Cups and I must say that it is a really welcoming structure; now it is the home of Basketball Turin, which is going through a period of great difficulty and corporate uncertainty. I recently reviewed the Palavela from the outside, and for a few moments I relived with the mind and a whole lot of nostalgia unforgettable moments of real and top-notch sport. An ideal greeting to friends all over the world that I knew in those circumstances. I hope it returns to being a temple of skating and to be able to relive certain days.
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  • We spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon to skate at the Palavela. For 2 adults and 1 child including Skate hire we spent €28 (the little girl doesn't pay the rent). You can stay as long as you want. There are also free lockers for storing bags and backpack. The track is very wide and beautiful as bella is the structure (ice stadium) in it. Not nearly as good (just well maintained and dirty) the exterior of the structure. Poorly marked the entrance of the building. You can rent skates or skating with their paying only the entrance. Large car park in front of the palavela. To spend a pleasant day's worth
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