Nokia Arena

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv ( Ligat ha Al )
  • Games of Maccabi Tel- Aviv
  • Final Four tournament of the Israeli Basketball Championship
  • Final Four tournament of the Israeli Basketball State Cup
  • Games of the Israeli national basketball team
  • Final at the European Basketball Champions Cup 1972
  • Final Four tournament of the European Cup of Champions 1994
  • All-Star Game FIBA Euro Stars 1997
  • Final Four tournament in the ULEB Euro League 2004

The Nokia Arena (Hebrew היכל נוקיה, formerly Yad Eliyahu Sports Arena, Hebrew היכל הספורט יד אליהו ) is a multi-purpose hall in the southeast of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv- Jaffa. The arena is owned by the city and is managed by the Sports Palaces Limited. Her responsibilities include the management of the urban Bloomfield stadium. Since 2003, the hall is named with the mobile phone manufacturer Nokia sponsors name. Today, with 11,700 seats it is the largest multi-purpose arena in Israel. In addition to basketball games of Maccabi Tel Aviv, the final four tournaments of the Israeli Basketball League Ligat ha Al and Basketball State Cup will be played. In addition, the Israeli national basketball team takes on the majority of its home games in the Nokia Arena.


The Yad Eliyahu Arena was completed in 1963 and inaugurated on 17 September of the year with the international basketball match Israel against Yugoslavia. The hosts lost with 64:69 points. Initially, there was a sports facility built on concrete beams from stands with uncovered 5,000 standing places. Mainly the building was built for basketball, but also various other events such as concerts, Tennis, Wrestling, beauty contests up to the ice skating took place there. Since the completion of the basketball department of Maccabi Tel Aviv from the Ligat ha Al carries their games out there. In the late 1960s the hall was covered and equipped with seats.

In 1972 the hall was reopened with an upper tier and 10,000 seats. The new arena was opened with the final at the European Basketball Champions Cup between the Italians of Ignis Varese and Jugoplastika split from Yugoslavia ( Full 70:69 ). After 22 years of Champions Cup final returned to Tel Aviv. In the final game of the Final Four tournament 1993/94 Joventut Badalona de and Olympiakos met each other ( 59:57 ). Ten years later, Maccabi reached the final in the Final Four tournament in the ULEB Euro League 2003 /04 in Tel Aviv. In the final on 1 May 2004 in its own hall you defeated Skipper Bologna in Italy with clear 118:74 points. In 1997 the hall was the scene of the FIBA Europe All- Star Games FIBA Euro Stars. On 30 December of the year of the East defeated the West, 129:107. The most successful pitcher of the game were the Serb Aleksandar Djordjevic with 23 points for the West and the Lithuanians Artūras Karnišovas with 19 points for the East.

Mid-2000s was the hall renovated, expanded again and equipped with a video cube beneath the ceiling. There were 24 VIP boxes with 20 seats each, restaurants, shops and the fan shop of Maccabi Tel Aviv.


Quarter-finals in Tennis Davis Cup 2009 Israel - Russia

Basketball in the Nokia Arena

The Nokia Arena at night