The Lithuanian Basketball Federation and the Kaunas City Municipality have just announced an ambitious project – the Lithuanian Basketball Palace in Kaunas. The construction of the palace will symbolically begin on April 23rd, the 95th birthday of Lithuanian basketball.
The Lithuanian Basketball Palace, which will be built on the confluence of Nemunas and Neris, will include a basketball museum, a conference hall, a souvenir shop, a cafe with an outdoor terrace, a movie theatre, interactive entertainment and administrative facilities where the seat of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation will be established.
'The idea sparkled in 2012. We have achieved impressive results and resounding victories during the years of Lithuanian basketball. We hope that the Basketball Palace will become an attraction centre and educational means for youth. We would like to systemise everything in one place. Basketball foundations began in Kaunas. Steponas Darius brought basketball to the citizens of Kaunas, the first official basketball game took place in this city in 1922. The third European men‘s basketball championship took place in Kaunas in 1939. The 37th European men‘s basketball championship also took place in Kaunas and this city is called the capital of Lithuanian basketball with a good reason', said Arvydas Sabonis, President of Lithuanian Basketball Federation.
The project was designed by Gintautas Natkevičius. 'After considering the needs of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation and combining them with other ideas, I believe this building is going to be one of the most modern buildings in Lithuania', said the architect.
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