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A busy but controversial live market, frequently under threat of cultural boycotts, Israel makes use of its parks and stadiums for larger international shows, but it has indoor options, too.
And the evolution of a network of Middle Eastern arenas, spanning Israel, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain – combined with the thawing of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Gulf States, allowing tours to fly directly between the two markets for the first time – promises heavier traffic than ever before. Tel Aviv is Israel’s key market and the 12,000-capacity
Menora Mivtachim Arena is its main indoor venue. Principally a basketball stadium, home to Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C., the arena has been back in action since the pandemic eased, welcoming Lionel Richie, Maluma, and Deep Purple in recent months, as well as Israel Calling’s showcase of Eurovision artists.
Other options near Tel Aviv include the 4,000-seat Live Park amphitheatre at nearby Rishon LeZion.
Owned by the Municipality of Tel Aviv and managed by its Sports Palaces company, the Menora Mivtachim Arena has been greatly modernised over its 60-year life, most lately with the addition of a new AV system in 2017, including a 300m2 LED screen and a TW Audio distributed sound system consisting of more than 50 boxes including B30 subwoofers.
Other options near Tel Aviv include the 4,000-seat Live Park amphitheatre at nearby Rishon LeZion, where Alt-J, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and OneRepublic were variously scheduled to play in August and November. The venue can accommodate up to 20,000 fans in its standing format.
Jerusalem’s main arena is the city-owned, 11,000-cap Pais Arena.
Jerusalem’s main arena is the city-owned, 11,000-cap Pais Arena – another basketball venue, opened in 2014 – which has most recently attracted Deep Purple in 2022 and Black Eyed Peas in 2021. Its configurations allow for tennis, ice hockey, and baseball games and a variety of other sporting events, as well as dance and cultural performances, shows on ice, family events, and circuses.
The city of Ashdod, south of Tel Aviv, has also recently issued a tender for the planning of an arena in the new sports complex in the Lachish Park district. The proposed 16,000m2 building will include a multipurpose hall with 5,000 seats.