Baku Crystal Hall
Exterior of Baku Crystal Hall
|Full name||Bakı Kristal Zalı|
|Owner||Mayoralty of Baku|
|Built||August 2011 - April 2012|
|Construction cost||120-140 mil €|
|Architect||GMP International GmbH|
|Project manager||Alpine Bau Deutschland AG,
Basler & Hofmann AG
|Main contractors||SSF Ingenieure AG,
seele austria GmbH & Co. KG
|2012 Eurovision Song Contest|
Baku Crystal Hall (Azerbaijani: Bakı Kristal Zalı) is an indoor arena in Baku, Azerbaijan. Located on the coast of Baku near National Flag Square, construction of the arena began in August 2011 and finished in April 2012—in time for it to host its first major event, the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Baku Crystal Hall was built in order to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. On 2 August 2011, the main agreement was signed with Alpine Bau Deutschland AG to construct the venue and preparations for construction had been started in the area. Even though the full cost of the contract was not named, the government allocated 6 million AZN for the construction of the venue. On 5 September 2011, it was announced that the venue will hold 25,000 spectators. The arena also contains VIP lounges.
The construction of the arena was expected to be completed by 31 March 2012. However, there was a delay of three weeks because of weather conditions, and the building was announced to have been completed on 16 April 2012.
Baku Crystal Hall's first major event was the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, held at the arena from 22 May to 26 May 2012. Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Rihanna performed concerts at Baku Crystal Hall later in 2012. In March 2013, it was named as the most likely venue for Beyoncé's concert scheduled for this year.
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