TUI Arena

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TUI Arena
TUI Arena
Former names Preussag Arena (2000–2004)
Location Hannover, Germany
Owner Arena Hannover GmbH (Günter Papenburg)
Capacity 10.767 (Ice hockey),(Handball)
14.000 (Maxed, including standing areas)
Broke ground August 1998
Opened April 2000
Construction cost 70 million Eur
Hannover Scorpions (DEL, (2001-2013)
TSV Hannover-Burgdorf (HBL, (2011 - only selected matches)
Hannover Indians (Oberliga (ice hockey) (2013-2014)

TUI Arena (formerly Preussag Arena) is an arena in Hanover, Germany. The arena opened in 2000 and holds 10,767, during hockey or handball matches and up to 14,000, during concerts. It is the biggest indoor-venue in the Region Hannover and most major concerts are held on this location. The arena is situated at the expo plaza at the Expo 2000 grounds, in the south of Hanover, astride the Kronsberg and Mittelfeld areas.

It was primarily used for ice hockey and was the home arena of the Hannover Scorpions. Afer the Hannover Scorpions sold their DEL-Licence to the Schwenninger Wild Wings in 2013, the license agreement for the arena wasn't renewed and the Scorpions left the arena permanently. Since then no tenant is using the arena on a regular basis. The arena was used for the local derbies of the rival clubs Hannover Indians and Hannover Scorpions (now both playing in the third tier Oberliga-Nord) in 2013 and 2014 though. If these games are gonna be held here in the future is uncertain.

The Handball-Club TSV Hannover-Burgdorf is also using the arena for games with high attendances at irregular intervals, for example 2011 against Eintracht Hildesheim and 2013 against Frisch Auf Göppingen.

The arena is constantly struggling with financial problems since the day of opening and has been a money-losing business since then due to the lack of enough regular events. After the leaving of the only permantant tenant Hannover Scorpions in 2013 the situation became even more critical for the owner Günter Papenburg, who is also the owner of the Hannover Scorpions. He is still trying to attract more events here to minimize his financial loss.

Janet Jackson was scheduled to perform during her All for You Tour on November 12, 2001, but the show was cancelled, due to the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Scorpions performed a Classic-Concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker on June 1, 2000, at the Arena and during her Get Your Sting and Blackout World Tour on June 1, 2010 a Rockshow. In the Arena, there is a Scorpions-Lounge with a variety of devotional of the band. The Backstreet Boys performed here during their 2014 In a World Like This Tour.

Depeche Mode performed at the stadium on November 3, 2009 during their Tour of the Universe.

On February 14, 2013, the German national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, Unser Song für Malmö took place here.

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Coordinates: 52°19′21″N 9°49′00″E / 52.32250°N 9.81667°E / 52.32250; 9.81667