Lanxess Arena

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Lanxess Arena
Köln deutz kölnarena.jpg
Former names Kölnarena (1998-2008)
Location Deutz, Cologne, Germany
Coordinates 50°56′20.13″N 6°58′53.12″E / 50.9389250°N 6.9814222°E / 50.9389250; 6.9814222
Owner Immobilienfonds Köln-Deutz Arena, Mantelbebauung GbR
Operator Arena Management GmbH
Capacity 20,000 (concerts)
19,500 (handball)
18,500 (hockey)
Surface Parquetry, ice
Broke ground July 31, 1996
Opened October 17, 1998
Construction cost 153 million
Architect Peter Böhm[1]
Kölner Haie (DEL) (1998-present)
VfL Gummersbach (HBL) (2001-present)

Lanxess Arena (originally Kölnarena, German for Cologne Arena) is an indoor arena, in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The arena opened in 1998 and can accommodate 20,000 people. With its capacity of 18,500, it is the largest ice hockey arena outside of Canada and the United States.

It is primarily used by VfL Gummersbach (team handball), Kölner Haie (ice hockey), and as a concert venue.

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.[2] The sponsor, Lanxess AG, is a specialty chemicals group based in the Lanxess Tower in Deutz, Cologne.


Sports events[edit]

The arena was used for the 2007 World Men's Handball Championship, including the third place game and the final game.

On June 13, 2009, the Ultimate Fighting Championships held UFC 99 at the Lanxess Arena.[3] This was the first time the UFC has made its way to Germany.

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 hosted ESL One Cologne 2015, one of three major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments to be held throughout 2015.[4]


Mariah Carey performed a one-night only show during her Rainbow World Tour on February 20, 2000.

Bob Dylan may have been the first major performer to play Kolnarena, bringing his Never-Ending Tour to the building on May 11, 2000.

The Backstreet Boys performed at the arena on June 7, 1999 during Into the Millennium Tour. Then again on October 30, 2005 during Never Gone Tour.

Janet Jackson was scheduled to perform during her All for You Tour on November 19, 2001, but the show was canceled, due to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Shania Twain performed at the Arena on March 29, 2004 during her World Tour Up Tour.

Christina Aguilera brought her Stripped World Tour to the arena on October 4, 2003.

Cher performed on May 28, 2004 during her marathon Living Proof: The Farewell Tour.

Whitney Houston performed at the arena on September 24, and September 28, 1999 during her My Love Is Your Love Tour.

Kylie Minogue performed a show at the arena during her Showgirl Tour on April 5, 2005, and again during her KylieX2008 Tour on May 27, 2008.

WWE is a regular at the arena, as they hosted events in 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007.

The Spice Girls performed at this arena as part of their Return of the Spice Girls tour on December 20, 2007.

Celine Dion performed at the arena on June 18, 2008, as part of her Taking Chances World Tour.

Nickelback played their first "warm-up show", for their Dark Horse Tour, here on September 8, 2008.

Coldplay played a concert at the arena during their Viva La Vida Tour on September 12, 2008, as well as during their Mylo Xyloto Tour on December 15, 2011.

Tina Turner performed four consecutive shows at the Lanxess Arena as part of her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour in January 2009.

Rihanna performed at the venue on June 26, and June 27, 2012 as part of her Diamonds World Tour.

Muse played a concert at the arena during their The Resistance Tour on November 16, 2009.

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.

Sting performed during his Symphonicities Tour on September 24, 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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.

Beyoncé performed two sold out shows at the venue on March 15 and 16, 2014, with her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.

Miley Cyrus performed on May 26, 2014 as part of her Bangerz Tour.

Katy Perry performed on March 5, 2015 as part of her Prismatic World Tour

Ariana Grande performed on June 13, 2015 as part of her The Honeymoon Tour

Taylor Swift performed on June 19 and 20, 2015 as part of her The 1989 World Tour.

Take That performed on October 4, 2015 as part of their Live 2015 tour.

Foo Fighters performed on November 6, 2015 as part of their Sonic Highways World Tour.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform on March 12, 2016 as part of their Part II: A European Tour

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ Boehmarchitektur
  2. ^ Kölnarena to be renamed the "LANXESS Arena"
  3. ^ "UFC 99 Storms Germany". Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  4. ^ Rad, Chloi (August 25, 2015). "27 Million People Watched the Biggest Counter-Strike Tournament Ever". IGN. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 

See also[edit]

List of European ice hockey arenas

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°56′18.59″N 6°58′58.63″E / 50.9384972°N 6.9829528°E / 50.9384972; 6.9829528

Preceded by
Salle Omnisport de Rades
World Men's Handball Championship
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Arena Zagreb