Ball games have always been popular in Celje, attracting large numbers of fans and professional athletes. Celje handball players have had the most success since the independence among all team sports. They have been competing with the Europe's elite in handball for a number of years.

The Zlatorog Hall, built in 2004 to provide state-of-the-art conditions for the development of handball, is now home to the Celje Pivovarna Laško team handball club. The 2003/2004 season was surely a highlight as the Celje club won the European Champions title, followed up by the European Supercup.

Handball club regularly brings top-tier sports events to the Zlatorog Hall. The two most prominent events held at this venue were the European Handball Championship and Eurobasket – European Basketball Championship.