HSBC Arena

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This article is about the arena in Rio de Janeiro. For the arena in Buffalo, New York formerly known as HSBC Arena, see First Niagara Center.
HSBC Arena
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The then-Arena Olímpica during the 2007 Pan American Games
Former names Arena Olímpica do Rio (Jul–Dec 2007, 2016)
Rioarena (Dec 2007–Mar 2008)
Location

Av. Embaixador Abelardo Bueno, 3401
Barra da Tijuca
22775-040 Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Brazil[1]
Broke ground November 2005
Opened July 2007
Owner City of Rio de Janeiro
Operator GL Events
Construction cost R$ 125.971.202,92
Capacity 14,981 (sports events)
18,768 (concerts)
Tenants
Flamengo Basketball
2016 Summer Olympics
2016 Summer Paralympics

HSBC Arena, originally Arena Olímpica do Rio (Rio Olympic Arena) (name to be used during the 2016 Summer Olympics under the no-commercial name policy), and formally RioArena, is an indoor multi-purpose arena, located in the region of Barra da Tijuca, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The arena was completed in July 2007. It has a capacity of 14,981 for sports and 8,830–18,768 for concerts.[2][3]

It hosted the basketball and gymnastics events at the 2007 Pan American Games. In December 2007, it started being operated by GL Events, who also operates the nearby Riocentro Convention Center and the Riocentro Sports Complex and started hosting many concerts from a variety of artists. It has hosted the telethon show, Criança Esperança, after 2008, replacing Ginásio Ibirapuera as the host.

Starting on 29 March 2008, it was renamed as the HSBC Arena, as part of a naming rights agreement with the bank.[4]

Queen + Paul Rodgers concluded their Rock the Cosmos Tour here on 29 November 2008.[5] This performance marked the end of Paul Rodgers' collaboration with Queen lead guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.

American pop singer Demi Lovato performed here for her South American Tour 2010 on May 27th, 2010.

American pop singer Miley Cyrus performed here for her Gypsy Heart Tour on May 13, 2011, and it was Cyrus' first time in Brazil.

On March 27 2011, Iron Maiden's performance at the arena had to be postponed to the following night after a security barrier collapsed during the opening song. The entire audience were allowed to attend the following night's show, although those who couldn't attend were given a refund.[6]

It will also host the all gymnastics events of the 2016 Summer Olympics and wheelchair basketball events of the 2016 Summer Paralympics.[7] The HSBC Arena name will not be used during the Olympics since corporate sponsorship is not allowed in the names of Olympic venues.

It hosted UFC's second event in Brazil in over 10 years, UFC 134, which took place on August 27, 2011. Three other UFC events have since been held in the arena: UFC 142, on January 14, 2012; UFC 153, on October 13, 2012; and UFC 163, on August 3, 2013.

A NBA match between Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards was also held at HSBC Arena in 2013.[8]

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Coordinates: 22°58′31″S 43°23′25″W / 22.97528°S 43.39028°W / -22.97528; -43.39028