The Shlomo Group Arena was built by the Tel-Aviv- Yafo Municipality in the years 2013-2014 in order to erect a home court for the Hapoel Tel-Aviv club. The arena was inaugurated in late December of 2014 in the presence of the mayor, Mr. Ron Huldai. The arena was planned by the Goldschmid Arditi Ben Naim Architectural firm. Upon its opening in 2015 the arena quickly became a focal point for many cultural, business and sports events. The arena is located in north Tel-Aviv, in a complex that used to house the former drive-in theater, and it is conveniently and quickly accessible by both private vehicles and public transportation. The arena is compatible for people with disabilities and handicaps, is equipped with the most modern systems and is located in an extremely strategic location for events of all kinds.
The arena offers the best possible conditions for hosting events of all kinds. The arena has an equipped VIP room, expansive dressing and production rooms, a media and press room, a state of the art management and control system, a central LED cube and many other services that make it one of the most modern covered arenas in the central region of the country. Since its launch a number of conventions have been held in the arena, including the “Microsoft” company convention, the Leumi Bank’s technological convention, the “Calcalist” conference, national events such as a goodbye party for the army’s chief of staff Benny Gantz and the “Zionist Union” party’s event on the eve of the elections in 2015. These events were in addition to concerts given in the arena by Israel’s leading artists, such as Shlomi Shabbat, Rita, the Knesiyat Hasekhel band and Rami Kleinstein.
In July 2015, following the Shlomo Group Ltd., Company winning the sponsorship tender for the name of the arena for the next 8 years, the arena’s name was changed to the “Shlomo Group Arena”. The Shlomo Group Arena, like its ‘big brother’, broke new ground in the summer of 2015 by hosting the Disney summer festival – the first of its kind in Europe.
Among others, the arena is used as the home court for the Hapoel Tel-Aviv basketball club, and since its establishment has hosted various sporting events such as the handball state cup final and the Israeli handball team’s tournaments, as well as Israel’s tennis team’s matches as part of the Davis Cup.