It was at the initiative of Mr Roger PETIT, Secretary General of Standard de Liège, that the “Country Hall” was constructed at the end of the 1960s, on the site of Bois Saint Jean, which was then the property of the club.
This large and ahead-of-its-time hall was inaugurated on 25 April 1970.
Standard de Liège dreamed “big” with significant sections devoted to basketball, swimming and tennis, in addition to football.
The “Standard Boule d’Or” basketball section, which is presided over by the duo Albert Tilkin and Fernand Rossius, gave the Country-Hall its first taste of sporting glory.
In fact, each year, the “Standard Boule d’Or” qualifies for the European games. It even won the double championship and the Belgian cup in 1976, with coach Gaston Deckers leading the team.
The organisation of the Challenge Round and many international meetings of the
Korac Cup took place in this hall, which is called the “Temple of Basketball”.
Furthermore, high-level boxing matches were organized here, including a fight with Jean-Pierre Coopman.