Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy

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Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
POPB, Bercy
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy.jpg
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in 2006
Location XIIe Paris, France
Opened 1984
Architect Andrault-Parat, Prouvé, Guvan
Capacity Concert: 17,000
Boxing: 16,000
Tennis: 14,000
Basketball: 14,000
Athletics: 8,500
Cycling: 7,000
Tenants
BNP Paribas Masters (ATP 1000) (1984–present)
Grand Slam Paris (Judo) (2000–present)
World Women's Handball (handball) (Dec 2007)

Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, often abbreviated as POPB or Bercy, is an indoor sports arena and concert hall on boulevard de Bercy located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. The closest métro station is Bercy.

Designed by the architectural firm Andrault-Parat, Prouvé and Guvan, it can be easily recognized by its pyramidal shape and its walls covered with sloping lawn. Thanks to its design and modularity Paris-Bercy is a unique place, allowing a range of technical applications for unlimited sound, lighting and special effects.

POPB is the venue for the Paris Masters ATP Tour tennis tournament and for many sports: handball, basketball, boxing, gymnastics, track cycling, show jumping and more. It has a seating capacity ranging from 7,000 to 17,000, depending on the event. POPB hosted the European gymnastics championship in 2000, the 1991 and 1996[1] FIBA European Championships Final Fours and the European Basketball Championship in 1999 among others. The POPB has also staged WWE Raw on September 28, 2008. It also hosted the 2010 Euroleague Final Four. It also hosted the Masters Karting Paris Bercy star race from 1993 to 2001, and again in 2011.

Notable concerts[edit]

One of the first shows to have been recorded in the Palais Omnisports was in 1985, when Deep Purple Mark II reunited for the Perfect Strangers tour. 20,000 people attended the show.

Madonna performed 19 sell-out shows at the venue, from 1990 to 2009.

Celine Dion played 7 sell-out shows in 2013 on her Sans attendre Tour she previously played 6 sold out shows in 2009 as part of her Taking Chances World Tour playing to more than 100,000 people, 5 shows in 1996 during her Falling into You Tour and prior to that 5 dates on her highly successful D'eux Tour.

The arena played host to Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! Benefit Concerts on September 4–5, 1988. The shows were headlined by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and also featured Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour and Michel Jonasz.

In 2006 French singer Mylène Farmer held a 13-date concert series from January 13 to January 29 at Bercy. The highly expensive show entitled Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy was recorded on January 21, 22 and 28. A release on DVD and CD followed later that year.

Also in 2006, pop superstar and vocal sensation Christina Aguilera brought to the arena her amazing and powerful vocals during the European Leg of her Back To Basics Tour. On December 7, 2006.

French singer Johnny Hallyday performed 79 shows in this place, from 1987 to 2006. Four shows, scheduled in 2010, were cancelled due to artist's health problems. More than one million people saw the French legendary rock'n'roll performer in the POPB.

Britney Spears performed altogether 5 shows at the venue, in line with her Onyx Hotel Tour in 2004, the Circus Tour in 2009 and the Femme Fatale Tour in 2011. All concerts were sold out.

The Scorpions show on November 23, 2011 sold out, with more than 20,000 fans attending.

April 13, 2012, it was the turn of the Italian singer Laura Pausini with tourner Inedito World Tour in 2013, filling the space with a maximum capacity.

On June 1, 2012, Jay-Z and Kanye West brought their Watch the Throne Tour to Bercy, performing the song "Niggas In Paris" a record 11 times.

Beyoncé performed 2 consecutive shows at the venue for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour on the 24th and 25 April 2013. Both concerts sold out in minutes.

Iron Maiden Have been filling POPB since 1986 Somewhere on Tour and have been stopped off there most tours since. Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith rejoined in 1999. Their first European show back with Iron Maiden was at this venue.

Kylie Minogue will perform at the venue on November 15 as part of her Kiss Me Once Tour

Lady Gaga will perform at the venue on November 24 as part of her ArtRave: The Artpop Ball


Live DVD[edit]

The Cranberries' live DVD Beneath The Skin; the Depeche Mode live record One Night in Paris released in 2001; Placebo's live DVD Soulmates Never Die (Live in Paris 2003); Lionel Richie's Live in Paris CD/DVD were filmed at the venue. Daft Punk also recorded their 2007 live album Alive 2007 at the arena. The best selling music DVD in France, Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy by Mylène Farmer was also filmed at the venue.

Madonna's concert video footage of her famous 1991 documentary Truth or Dare (aka In Bed With Madonna), chronicling her Blond Ambition Tour, was shot at this venue on July 3, 4 and 6, 1990. Fourteen years later, the concert video footage of Madonna's 2005 documentary about her Re-Invention Tour, I'm Going to Tell You a Secret, was also shot in the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, on September 4 and 5, 2004. Le train des enfoirés ( resto du coeur ) 2005. Phil Collins's Final Farewell Tour was live at the venue, so was his Live DVD in 2004.

In March 2008, the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach performed Mahler's massive eighth symphony at the venue. Together with four mixed choruses, five children choruses, and eight soloists the masses involved excessed 1.000 participants in "The symphony of a Thousand".

Shakira's world tour The Sun Comes Out World Tour was filmed there on June 13 and 14, 2011 sold out concerts. Live from Paris (Shakira album), a live CD and DVD, was released in December 2011.

Johnny Hallyday recorded 4 DVD-CD there : Johnny à Bercy (1987), Johnny dans la chaleur de Bercy (1990), Bercy 92 (1992), and Lorada Tour (1995). At the end of his 60th birthday tour, called Plus Près de Vous Tour (2003), he burned a piano on stage while playing Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, making a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis. On 09-30-2006, his Flashback Tour show was played live from POPB on the biggest TV Channel in Europe, TF1. At these occasions, he played with guests as Luther Allison or Colin James. After his health problems that lead to the cancel of his farewell tour (Tour 66), he came back for a duet with great French guitarist Mathieu Chedid on 15, 16 and 17 December 2010.

German Industrial Rock Band Rammstein recorded the two sold out nights of March 6 and 7 for an upcoming Live DVD during their "Made In Germany 1995 - 2011 Tour". During the removal of the stage on the night of March 7 one of the upper rigging structures of the arena failed and nearly collapsed. This caused the band serious delays and in order to keep their tour schedule, they were forced to use a local cargo company to fly their equipment to Antwerp for the show the next evening. The structure that failed has since been repaired and has been brought up to code.

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Preceded by
First Venue
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics
Venue

1985
Succeeded by
Hoosier Dome
Indianapolis
Preceded by
Budapest Sportcsarnok, Budapest
World Figure Skating Championships
Venue

1989
Succeeded by
Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Preceded by
Principe Felipe Arena
Zaragoza
FIBA European Championship
Final Four
Venue

1991
Succeeded by
Abdi Ipekçi Arena
Istanbul
Preceded by
Palasport di Genoa
Genoa
European Indoor Championships in Athletics
Venue

1994
Succeeded by
Globen Arena
Stockholm
Preceded by
Principe Felipe Arena
Zaragoza
FIBA European Championship
Final Four
Venue

1996
Succeeded by
PalaEur
Rome
Preceded by
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics
Venue

1997
Succeeded by
Green Dome Maebashi
Maebashi
Preceded by
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona
FIBA EuroBasket
Final Venue

1999
Succeeded by
Abdi Ipekçi Arena
Istanbul
Preceded by
Cairo Stadium Hall 1
Cairo
World Men's Handball Championship
Final Venue

2001
Succeeded by
Pavilhão Atlântico
Lisbon
Preceded by
PAOK Sports Arena
Thessaloniki
FIBA SuproLeague
Final Four
Venue

2001
Succeeded by
League Folded
Preceded by
Rod Laver Arena
Melbourne
Davis Cup
Final Venue

2002
Succeeded by
Rod Laver Arena
Melbourne
Preceded by
O2 World
Berlin
Euroleague
Final Four
Venue

2010
Succeeded by
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona
Preceded by
Oval Lingotto
Turin
European Indoor Championships in Athletics
Venue

2011
Succeeded by
Scandinavium
Gothenburg

Coordinates: 48°50′19.15″N 2°22′42.60″E / 48.8386528°N 2.3785000°E / 48.8386528; 2.3785000