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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.
On August 22-23, 2015, the arena is scheduled to host ESL One Cologne, one of three major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments to be held throughout 2015.
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.
Depeche Mode performed at the stadium five times: the first and the second were on October 5 and 6, 1998 during their Singles Tour. The third and the fourth were on September 26 and 27, 2001 during their Exciter Tour. The fifth one was on November 21, 2013 during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 15,673 people.
U2 performed at the stadium on July 12 and 13, 2001 during their Elevation Tour, in front of a total sold out crowd of 36,915 people. The band will perform at the stadium for other two times on October 17 and 18, 2015 as part of their upcoming Innocence + Experience Tour.
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.
Madonna performed for the first time at the arena on July 10, 2012 as part of her MDNA Tour to a sold out crowd of 14,489 people. She will performed again at the arena on November 4 and 5, 2015 as part of her Rebel Heart Tour
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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