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With a total space covering 48,000 square metres
over six levels and a capacity of up to 23,000 seats,
the main hall at the Beogradska Arena (Belgrade Are-
na) is among the largest indoor venues in Europe. De-
signed by architect Vlada Slavica, it has become one
of the new symbols of the Serbian capital and its tech-
nological facilities are among the best in the world.
One of the biggest events to take place in the Arena
was the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008. It also
staged the 2005 Men’s European Volleyball Cham-
pionship and has staged European championships
for basketball, table tennis and judo. It has also
staged numerous pop concerts including the sec-
ond Green Fest music festival in 2008. 
The venue:
Beogradska Arena
In Pool C, Russia crushed Bulgaria in straight sets
twice in Round 6 to earn their berth in the Final Six
as best runner-up, while Cuba leapfrogged Russia
into first place after defeating Japan 3-0 and 3-1. In
Pool D Brazil finished a whopping 12 points clear of
runners-up Finland, who failed in their attempt to
qualify for the Final Round as the best second-placed
team when they lost 3-2 to Poland.
A global audience of more than 1.3 billion house-
holds were able to view the 2009 World League Final
Round, produced by Serbian Broadcaster RTS. Broad-
casting of the event, which featured play-by-play com-
mentary from former Team USA Volleyball player
and well-known TV presenter Paul Sunderland and
video from 13 different camera angles at Beogradska
Arena, was coordinated by the FIVB and IMG. 
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