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|Former names||Kölnarena (1998-2008)|
|Location||Deutz, Cologne, Germany|
|Owner||Immobilienfonds Köln-Deutz Arena, Mantelbebauung GbR|
|Operator||Arena Management GmbH|
|Broke ground||July 31, 1996|
|Opened||October 17, 1998|
|Construction cost||€ 153 million|
|Architect||Peter Böhm http://www.boehmarchitektur.de/deutsch/de-index.html|
|Kölner Haie (DEL) (1998-present)
VfL Gummersbach (HBL) (2001-present)
The arena is spanned by a steel arch supporting the roof via steel cables. The height of the arch is 76 m (249 ft) and its weight is 480 tons.
On June 2, 2008, it was announced that Kölnarena would be renamed Lanxess Arena, for a period of ten years. The sponsor, Lanxess AG, is a specialty chemicals group based in the Lanxess Tower in Deutz, Cologne.
The arena was used for the 2007 World Men's Handball Championship, including the third place game and the final game.
On May 29–30, 2010, the arena hosted the EHF Champions League Final Four.
The arena was one of the venues for the 2010 IIHF World Championship, including both semi-finals, the Bronze medal game and the Championship game.
Bob Dylan may have been the first major performer to play Kolnarena, bringing his Never-Ending Tour to the building on May 11, 2000.
WWE is a regular at the arena, as they hosted events in 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007.
Britney Spears brought her Femme Fatale Tour to the Lanxess Arena on October 18, 2011, as her only German concert. Prior to that she had performed at the arena during her Oops!... I Did It Again World Tour on November 13, 2000.
Lady Gaga performed two sold out shows at the venue on September 4, and September 5, 2012 as part of her worldwide tour, Born This Way Ball. She performed again at the arena before a sold out crowd of 13,189 on October 7, 2014 as part of her ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour.
Lanxess Arena during handball match between VfL Gummersbach and Frisch Auf Göppingen
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