By constructing a multi-purpose sports arena Varaždin, the City of Varaždin as the public partner and the company Max Bögl Tehnobeton Ltd. laid the foundation stone for exciting sporting and cultural events, which started off at the World Handball Championship in Croatia in 2009.
This multifunctional hall in Varaždin was officially opened after 16 months of construction, including the stage of obtaining permits, in December 2008 in the presence of high-ranking politicians and athletes. The German group Max Bögl and the Croatian group Zagorje Tehnobeton JSC received the order for the planning, construction, financing and management of the City Sports Hall Varaždin, what is the official name, through their Croatian subsidiary Max Bögl – Tehnobeton Ltd., with considerable support of Max Bögl’s department for projects development . The company Max Bögl – Tehnobeton Ltd. was renamed in March 2015 due to changes in the ownership structure of the Max Bögl Croatia Ltd.
The company Max Bögl Croatia, in addition to having built the Arena Varaždin, is responsible for its management until the expiry of the PPP contract. The duration of the PPP contract which the city of 50,000 inhabitants concluded with a private partner, the company Max Bögl Croatia, is 25 years. During the duration of the contract not only does the private partner pay the construction costs, but also pays for the repairs, maintenance and operation of the hall. After the expiry of the contract the Hall becomes the property of the city in the exactly prescribed condition, according to the standards defined in the PPP contract.
Located along the Drava River with its simple architecture and a mixture of materials made of concrete, glass and steel it has a large hall with 5,000 seats, and a small, also licensed hall and associated stands with 240 seats and a modern, 6-way automatic bowling alley, outdoor sports courts for tennis and basketball, a football pitch and a skating rink, as well as the possibility of recreational table tennis and badminton, and thus represents a multi-functional building that can accommodate up to 8,000 spectators during cultural events and is as such ideal for trade show organizers, exhibitors, team building, political meetings, religious gatherings, wedding parties, companies’ assemblies, professional meetings and all types of sporting, cultural and social gatherings with a large number of participants.
Multi-functionality of its sports facilities was recognized particularly by the sports clubs that have been using the Arena on a regular basis for handball, volleyball, basketball, karate, martial arts, bowling, sport dance trainings and competitions and yoga.
A rich offer and quality equipment of gastronomic services like the kitchen and the restaurant, a VIP restaurant and a lounge bar with views of the river Drava, and sales stalls during the events, contribute to a truly comfortable stay of athletes, i.e. the active users of the hall, as well as the spectators and the visitors of Arena Varaždin.