Il Madison
PalaDozza 2022.jpg
Former namesPalaDozza
LocationBologna, Italy
CapacityBasketball: 5,721
Virtus Bologna (1957–1996, 2017–present)
Fortitudo Bologna (1957–1996, 1999–2019)
Volley Forlì Bologna 2002 (2012–2013)

PalaDozza is an indoor sporting arena located at Piazza Azzarita Manfredi 8, in Bologna, Italy. It was named after Giuseppe Dozza, the long-time communist mayor of Bologna, who served from 1945 to 1966. In Italy, the arena is frequently nicknamed Il Madison, after Madison Square Garden. The seating capacity of the arena for basketball games is 5,721 people. It is currently home to the Virtus and Fortitudo Bologna professional basketball teams.


The arena was inaugurated in 1956. The arena hosted the FIBA European Champions Cup's 1965–66 season's Final Four, in which the Italian club Simmenthal Milano, won the competition.[1] It was played in front of an 8,000 capacity crowd.[2]

Bruce Dickinson's first live show with Iron Maiden was performed here in October of 1981.[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ "I Luoghi Del Basket Bolognese" [Sites of Bolognese Basketball] (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2019-10-16.
  2. ^ "Champions Cup 1965-66". LinguaSport. Retrieved 2019-10-16.
  3. ^ Wall, Mick (2001). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (2-Revised ed.). Sanctuary. pp. 217–219. ISBN 978-1860742873.
  4. ^ "Killer World Tour - 1981". Iron Maiden. Retrieved 2019-10-16.

Coordinates: 44°30′00″N 11°19′56″E / 44.49988°N 11.33220°E / 44.49988; 11.33220