For a long time football had been the most popular sport, but after the Lithuanian team won the European basketball championship title in Riga in 1937, it had to concede this position to basketball. And when in 1939 Lithuanian national team again defended the basketball championship title in Kaunas, for Lithuanians basketball became the most popular sport by far, and remains such up to this day.
Kaunas Žalgiris arena is the largest indoor arena with the biggest seating capacity in the Baltics. During the sports events arena can seat up to 15,300 spectators, and up to 22,000 spectators during concerts. Žalgiris arena is also the home arena of the legendary Lithuanian basketball team Žalgiris.