O2 World (Berlin)
|Location||O2-Platz 1, Berlin, Germany|
14,200: Ice hockey
|Construction cost||€ 165 million|
(formerly HOK Sport)
|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  ), 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. With a capacity of 17,000 people, 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. The arena hosted the 2008–09 Euroleague Final four. 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).
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.
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.
On 27 March 2012, Il Divo performed a concert as part of their 2012 Wicked Game album tour.
The Beach Boys played during their 50th Anniversary Tour in August 2012.
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
Iron Maiden performed on 18 June 2013.
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 transformed the LED facade of the o2 World Berlin into a giant art installation.
It will host a group of the FIBA EuroBasket 2015.
Alba Berlin in O2 World inside
- Worldstadiums.com basketball capacity 14,500.
- Euroleague.net "the 16,000-seat o2 World".
- O2 World Berlin architect: Populous
- O2 World Berlin Germany architect: JSK Architects
- Aus o2 World wird Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin, 26 January 2015 (German)
- Startschuss für die O2 World in Berlin, 27 April 2006 (German)
- Data and facts about O2 World 30 September 2008 (German)
- Euroleague Basketball, AEG Announce Global Partnership Agreement
- "Scorpions performs at Germany's ECHO Awards". Blabbermouth.net. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- "Premiere 2011 teams, locations revealed". NHL.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
- "EBSL 2011 goes to Berlin!". beachsoccer.com. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
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