O2 World (Berlin)

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O2 World
O2 World, Berlin.jpg
Location O2-Platz 1, Berlin, Germany
Operator AEG
Capacity 17,000: Concerts
14,500: Basketball[1][2]
14,200: Ice hockey
Surface Multi-surface
Broke ground 2006
Opened 2008
Construction cost € 165 million
Architect Populous[3]
JSK Architects[4]
ALBA Berlin (BBL) (2008–present)
Eisbären Berlin (DEL) (2008–present)

O2 World (stylised as O2 World) (for sponsorship reasons to be rebranded into Mercedes-Benz Arena from July 2015 [5] ), is a multi-use indoor arena in the Friedrichshain neighborhood of Berlin, Germany, that opened in September 2008. Developed by Anschutz Entertainment Group, it was named O2 World, when O2 Germany purchased the naming rights.[6] With a capacity of 17,000 people,[7] it is home to the Eisbären Berlin ice hockey club and the ALBA Berlin basketball team, and is used for other ice hockey, basketball and handball matches as well as concerts. The surrounding area will be filled with various entertainment venues including a cinema, a casino, a hotel and various bars and restaurants.[6] The arena hosted the 2008–09 Euroleague Final four.[8] The arena was one of the most prominent elements of the Mediaspree urban redevelopment project, quickly gaining emblematic status in the debates surrounding the project's impact.

The LED construction grid on the facade of the arena will be equipped with more than 300,000 LED clusters on a 12 m (39 ft) high and approximately 120 m (390 ft) wide section of the semicircular 105° glass facade with a total area of more than 1,440 m2 (15,500 sq ft). Light pixels, consisting of two groups of 19 LEDs (colour palette: 16.7 million RGB colours) will be attached to the vertical bracing of the facade. The vertical distances are 0.20 m (7.9 in) and the horizontal distances between the axes are planned to be 0.90 m (2 ft 11 in).

Naming rights[edit]

In January 2015 German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz announced it had reached a deal with the arena management to rename the venue into Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin from 1 July 2015. According to Mercedes-Benz the naming deal will last 20 years, and will also include some change to the arena's interior design.[5]

Notable events[edit]

The first band to play at the O2 World was Metallica on 12 September 2008.

The arena was also the home for the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Sting performed during his Symphonicities Tour on 21 September 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This show has been recorded for the live album Live in Berlin.

On 21 February 2009, Scorpions received Germany's ECHO Honorary Award for lifetime achievement at Berlin's O2 World.[9]

The venue played host to one NHL Premiere game for the 2011–12 NHL season on 8 October 2011. The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4–2.[10]

The arena hosted the second stage of the 2011 Euro Beach Soccer League between 8–10 July.[11]

Britney Spears performed a sold out concert on 26 July 2009 during The Circus Starring: Britney Spears.

Muse performed a sold out concert on 29 October 2009 during The Resistance Tour

Kylie Minogue performed her Aphrodite: Les Folies show on 1 March 2011.

Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler played the O2 during the dual European tour on 29 October 2011.

On 27 March 2012, Il Divo performed a concert as part of their 2012 Wicked Game album tour.

Madonna performed during her MDNA Tour on two sold out nights in June 2012, and on two sold out nights in November 2015 on her Rebel Heart Tour

Pearl Jam performed at the arena on 4 & 5 July 2012 during their 2012 tour

Laura Pausini performed here as part of her Inedito World Tour

The Beach Boys played during their 50th Anniversary Tour in August 2012.

Lady Gaga performed her Born This Way Ball in September 2012 for one sold out night, and on 9 October 2014 on her ArtRave: The Artpop Ball

Jennifer Lopez performed during her Dance Again World Tour in October 2012 for one night.

Beach soccer returned to the arena in August 2012 to again host the second stage of the 2012 Euro Beach Soccer League.

One Direction performed on May, 11, 2013 on their Take Me Home Tour

Beyoncé performed to two sold out crowds on 23 and 24 May 2013, with her Mrs. Carter Show.

Iron Maiden performed on 18 June 2013.

Rihanna performed on 2 July 2013, on her Diamonds World Tour.

On 7 February 2014 country-pop superstar Taylor Swift performed a show on her Red Tour.

On 19 November 2014 rock band Linkin Park performed a show as a part of their of The Hunting Party Tour.

Depeche Mode performed at the stadium three times: the first was on 1 January 2010 during their Tour of the Universe. The second and the third were on 25 and 27 November 2013 during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a total sold out crowd of 28,332 people. The 2013 shows were filmed for the future video and album release Depeche Mode Live in Berlin.

Irish-American dancer and musician Michael Flatley reprises his role as Lord of the Dance in 6 December 2010 during the Return of Michael Flatley As Lord of the Dance tour. A few scenes from the 3D concert film Lord of the Dance 3D, were filmed in the during the performance in the arena alongside the O2 London and O2 Dublin. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray under the title Michael Flatley Returns As Lord of the Dance in 2011. A 3D version was released only in Blu-ray in late 2011.

In October 2013, the artist Jakob Kupfer[12] transformed the LED facade of the o2 World Berlin into a giant art installation.

It will host a group of the FIBA EuroBasket 2015.


This is a list of the game attendances of Alba Berlin at O2 World.

German League[13] European competitions
Season Total High Low Average Season Total High Low Average
2008–09 232,490 14,800 6,103 10,108 2008–09 EL 90,111 14,800 9,147 11,264
2009–10 193,940 14,500 7,543 10,207 2009–10 EC 72,812 14,500 9,283 10,402
2010–11 262,367 14,500 7,431 10,932 2010–11 EC 51,757 9,222 7,114 8,626
2011–12 207,475 14,500 8,845 10,920 2011–12 EC 45,929 8,856 6,184 7,655
2012–13 182,645 13,786 6,878 10,147 2012–13 EL 108,122 11,988 7,816 9,010
2013–14 245,163 14,500 8,105 10,659 2013–14 EC 72,984 8,110 6,204 7,298


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Worldstadiums.com basketball capacity 14,500.
  2. ^ Euroleague.net "the 16,000-seat o2 World".
  3. ^ O2 World Berlin architect: Populous
  4. ^ O2 World Berlin Germany architect: JSK Architects
  5. ^ a b Aus o2 World wird Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin, 26 January 2015 (German)
  6. ^ a b Startschuss für die O2 World in Berlin, 27 April 2006 (German)
  7. ^ Data and facts about O2 World 30 September 2008 (German)
  8. ^ Euroleague Basketball, AEG Announce Global Partnership Agreement
  9. ^ "Scorpions performs at Germany's ECHO Awards". Blabbermouth.net. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Premiere 2011 teams, locations revealed". NHL.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "EBSL 2011 goes to Berlin!". beachsoccer.com. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  12. ^ www.jakobkupfer.com
  13. ^ Including playoff games

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°30′20″N 13°26′36″E / 52.50556°N 13.44333°E / 52.50556; 13.44333

Preceded by
Palacio de Deportes de la CAM
Final Four

Succeeded by
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy