The Pais Hall (Arena) is the arena where Hapoel Jerusalem plays as of season 2014/2015.
The hall is one of the most advanced in the world. Construction, which began in September 2009, was completed recently.
The arena extends over an area of 40 thousand square meters, and has 11,600 seats (4.5 times Malha, similarly to Nokia hall). The building consists of facilities for teams, a fitness center, press area, cafeterias and retail space. The lower space of the hall, with an area of 6,000 square meters, will be adjusted in the future for complementary sports facilities, including a half-Olympic ice-skating rink, classrooms and sports medicine center. Underground parking lot with 1,700 parking spaces between the arena and Teddy Stadium will serve the audience, and above it an athletes village with hotel, offices and shopping center.
The Arena meets all the standards required to host international matches, including as part of the Euroleague and EuroBasket. Apart from hosting Hapoel Jerusalem matches and other sporting events, the Hall will act as a center of entertainment and culture and conference center. As previously emphasized by Mayor Nir Barkat, “the importance of the Jerusalem Pais Hall is strategic since currently there is no proper place in Jerusalem to hold a conference with more than 3,500 people, a cultural event, including after 23:00 at night.”
The Arena project was funded by the National Lottery (Pais), the Sports Betting Board and the Jerusalem Municipality. The project cost is estimated at about 240 million ILS.