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Nelson Mandela Forum

The Nelson Mandela Forum is an indoor sports arena that is located in Florence, Italy. It was inaugurated in 1985.

History of the Nelson Mandela Forum

The arena hosted the 1990 basketball FIBA European Cup Winner’s Cup Final, in which local Italian club Knorr Bologna won the title, in front of a crowd of 6,000 spectators.

History of the Nelson Mandela Forum

In 2010, the arena was one of the venues of the men’s FIVB World Championship.

The main financial sponsors are Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena and Unicoop Firenze. It has hosted the concerts of: Pooh, Vasco Rossi, Alessandra and many more. On 11 June 2010, it hosted WWE in Europe with Smackdown.

From the 22 to 29 September 2013 the Forum hosted the 2013 UCI Road World Championships. As result the city has been paved all the principal streets near the Forum.

Current use of the Nelson Mandela Forum.

During the summer when the main arena is not utilized, the compound of the Mandela Forum hosts two open-air cinemas with 600 and 250 seats. They operate for the whole of the summer holidays season.

At the entrance of the Mandela Forum there is a mural painted by the South African Ndebele artist Esther Mahalangu. It was inaugurated on 17 November 2010 by the Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa Paul Mashatile.

For the 2013–14 Euroleague season, it was the home arena of Italian League club Mens Sana Basket.

Property features.

The structure is property of the city of Florence. The property is managed, since 2003, by the Associazione Palasport – Nelson Mandela Forum under a 12-year management agreement.

The Nelson Mandela Forum has a formal agreement with the Nelson Mandela Foundation that allows the use of the name of the South African former president. This agreement has been made since the Nelson Mandela Foundation owns the copyright to the Mandela brand.

The structure’s compound is 25,000 m2 with 10,000 m2 of spaces where there are facilities such as a main arena, a boxing training center, two areas used for gym, a free climbing facility, and open spaces occupied by three permanent exhibitions on human rights.