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|Former names||Stadthalle Bremen (1964-2004)
|Construction cost||€ 50 million
|Architect||1961 (Roland Rainer)
2004 (Thomas Klumpp)
|Handball World Championship, (handball) (2007)
Davis Cup (Germany vs Spain) (April 2008)
It used to be called Stadthalle Bremen until the financial services provider Allgemeiner Wirtschaftsdienst (AWD) bought the naming rights in January 2005. Contrary to what the new name suggest, the AWD-Dome is in fact not a dome. The name dome was probably chosen because an AWD-Arena already exists in Hannover. At the same time € 50 million were invested into the venue to modernize and expand it from 3,500 to 14,500 seats. The architect Thomas Klumpp led these renovations. When AWD withdrew its sponsorship at the end of 2009, the venue was renamed to Bremen-Arena, effective 1 January 2010. On 11 September 2011, the arena became known as the ÖVB Arena.
The AWD-Dome had been used in the 2007 World Men's Handball Championship.
On 12 March 1999, American rockband KISS played the venue on their Psycho Circus Tour. The local fire marshal banned the use of any pyrotechnics. But at the end of the show, KISS blew up a concert worth of pyro all at once. After that incident, KISS were banned from playing Bremen in the future.
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