Built between the years 1963 and 1965 on the already existing open-air basketball court, the Tivoli Hall was designed by Marjan Božič and the engineer Stanko Bloudek, of Planica fame. At that time, it was the biggest covered sports complex in Yugoslavia and was used to host a number of important international sporting events of the time.
It hosted the early editions of the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, was the main venue for the Slovenska popevka Festival, the site of the first Yugoslav rock festival Boom Festival and many other cultural happenings. During the 1970s and 1980s, the venue hosted many of the biggest rock stars of that time at the height of their careers – Jethro Tull, Ike & Tina Turner, Frank Zappa, Queen, Iron Maiden and Dire Straits are just a few of them.
Sports-wise, the Tivoli Hall was synonymous with some of the biggest Yugoslav (and later Slovene) sports achievements and most prominent clubs in hockey, volleyball, handball, basketball and gymnastics. A record in terms of straining its capacities was achieved during the 1970 World Championship, when the Yugoslav win over the USA basketball team was seen by over 10,000 spectators. A similar number was supposedly present only at a Boney M gig in 1978.
Other musical guests
Since the 1990s, the hall was used to stage concerts by Siouxsie and the Banshees (1991), Faith No More (1993, 1997), The Ramones (1994), Nirvana (their second-to-last fully realised gig, 1994), The Beastie Boys (1995), David Bowie (1996), The Prodigy (1997), Bob Dylan (1999, 2010), Blondie (1999), Joe Cocker (1999, 2005), Rage Against the Machine (2000), Sting (2000), REM (2005), Lou Reed (2005, 2006), Eros Ramazzotti (2009), Simply Red (2009), Jean Michel Jarre (2008), Armin van Buuren (2009), 50 Cent (2010), Dream Theatre (2014) and Alice Copper (2016).