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Kaunas Sports Hall (Lithuanian: Kauno sporto halė), also known as the S. Darius and S. Girėnas Hall is the largest arena of Kaunas, Lithuania. It is the first arena built specially for basketball in Europe and is referred to as a "Mecca of the Lithuanian basketball". The arena's seating capacity is 5,000. Initial seating capacity was 3,500 and the other spectators (up to 11,000) used to have standing room. Its length is 62.8 meters and its width is 61 meters. It is part of the S. Darius and S. Girėnas sport center, which also includes the nearby national stadium.
The arena generally hosts basketball games and concerts. It serves as the home court for Žalgiris basketball club, competing in the Euroleague and the LKL League.History
The arena was completed before the 3rd European Basketball Championship in 1939. The foundation was laid in December of 1938. All the steel constructions were finished by April 1939 and masonry work on May 10th of the same year. In December 2005, it underwent a minor reconstruction and added some 525 additional seats to reach the current capacity of 5,000. Until the year 2009 it fit the criteria of the Euroleague relations for minimum seating requirements, but not after that when the minimum league's requirement to accommodate fans increased to 10,000.
In August of 2011 a larger and more modern Žalgiris Arena will be opened in Kaunas, as Lithuania will be hosting the 37th European Basketball Championship. This arena will long be remembered as the hall where the Lithuanian national basketball team won their consecutive Gold medal at the Eurobasket 1939.
Coordinates: 54°53′46″N 23°56′09″E / 54.89611°N 23.93583°E / 54.89611; 23.93583