Olympic Hall Zetra
Olympic Hall Zetra Sarajevo
Location Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Opened 1983
Renovated 1999
Owner Sarajevo Canton
Operator ZOI '84 organization
Surface versatile
Construction cost €16.4 million (1999 renovation)
Tenants KK Bosna Sarajevo (2009) RK Bosna Sarajevo

Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch, also known as Zetra Ice Stadium and Zetra Arena, is an indoor multi-purpose arena in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was used for various sporting events at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

History[edit | edit source]

Olympic venue[edit | edit source]

Olympic Hall Zetra was constructed specifically for the 1984 Winter Olympics, hosted in Sarajevo, and was completed in 1983. Its first major event was the 1983 World Junior Speed Skating Championships. It was described as an "ultramodern, angular edifice"[1] with a copper roof. The venue hosted ice hockey, speed skating and figure skating events, as well as the last closing ceremony helds in a indoor place until Vancouver 2010.[2][3]

From 1984 to 1991, Zetra remained in service as a venue for ice sports. It served as the venue for several international speed skating events, and several speed skating world records were broken here.

Destruction[edit | edit source]

The arena suffered substantial damage and was almost completely destroyed by shelling, bombing and fire by the Bosnian Serb forces on Monday, May 25, 1992 during the Bosnian War.[4] The remaining areas of the structure, such as the basements, were put into service as a morgue[5][6] and as storage space for medication and supplies.[7][8] The wooden seats from the venue were used as material for coffins for civilians killed in the war.[9][10]

Reconstruction[edit | edit source]

After the war, it was discovered that though the building was badly damaged, the foundation was secure. In September 1997, reconstruction on the venue, facilitated by the SFOR, began. The International Olympic Committe donated $US 11.5 million to the project,[7] which cost an estimated €16.4 million.[5] The reconstruction was completed in 1999.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Now Bring On The Torch" Bob Ottum, Sports Illustrated, March 14, 1983
  2. ZOI '84 OCS
  3. "A little touch of Heaven" B.J. Phillips, Time, February 27 1984
  4. "The Killing Ground" William Oscar Johnson, Sports Illustrated, February 14 1994
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Zetra returns to the future" David Taylor, SFOR Informer #57, March 17, 1999
  6. "1984: Sarajevo" Bonnie DeSimone, New York Times, February 5 2006
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Sarajevo 2010? Collateral Damage" Sports Illustrated, April 9 1999
  8. "Guns Now, Butter Later" James L. Graff, Time, July 20 1992
  9. "TV SPORTS; Goodwill Games Headed for Bosnia?" Richard Sandomir, New York Times, July 7, 1999
  10. "Sarajevo's Olympic Seats Are Now Coffin Boards" Mark Milstein, London Observer news service, August 5 1993
Preceded by
Olympic Center
Host of the
Olympic ice hockey tournament

Succeeded by
Olympic Saddledome, Stampede Corral. and Father David Bauer Olympic Arena
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