Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai)

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Mercedes-Benz Arena
The Clam Shell, The Hamburger
Shanghai Expo Cultural Center.jpg
Former names Shanghai World Expo Cultural Center
Location Expo Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Operator AEG

Main Venue maximum: 18,000 Main Venue end-stage: 13,000

The Mixing Room & Muse: 800
Surface Flooring
Built 2007
Opened 2010
Architect ECADI and MANICA Architecture

The Mercedes-Benz Arena (Chinese: 梅赛德斯-奔驰文化中心; pinyin: Méisàidésī-bēnchí Wénhuà Zhōngxīn; Shanghainese:Meisedesy-bentzy Venhu Tsonshin), formerly known as the Shanghai World Expo Cultural Center, is an indoor arena located on the former grounds of Expo 2010 in Pudong, Shanghai, China. It is owned and operated by the AEG-OPG joint venture.

The facility seats 18,000 people and includes a smaller venue, The Mixing Room & Muse, which is a more intimate live-music venue.[1]

The arena hosted the opening ceremony for the Expo 2010, during which it was known as the Expo Cultural Center.

Naming rights[edit]

The arena is sponsored in a ten-year deal by Mercedes-Benz[2] and was officially renamed the Mercedes-Benz Arena on January 15, 2011.


The arena became the most popular arena in mainland China since it opened in 2011. It attracted many global superstars such as Adam Lambert, Akon, Alicia Keys, André Rieu, Andrea Bocelli, Aretha Franklin, Avenged Sevenfold, Avril Lavigne, The Beach Boys, Bruno Mars, Eagles, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, EXO, Iron Maiden, James Blunt, Jennifer Lopez, Jessie J, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Lindsey Stirling, Lionel Richie, Maroon 5, Metallica, Michael Bublé, Muse, Nile Rodgers, Owl City, One Ok Rock, Pitbull, Quincy Jones, Queen, Rebecca Ferguson, T-ara, The Cardigans, The Killers, The Rolling Stones, Samantha Jade, Simple Plan, Slash, Taylor Swift, Tony Bennett and Usher.

In March 2016, the arena held a professional Dota 2 video game tournament, known as the Shanghai Major 2016.[3]


  1. ^ "The Mixing Room & Muse" Time Out Shanghai. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-18
  2. ^ "Mercedes to sponsor AEG arena in China" Los Angeles Times. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-18
  3. ^ Thursten, Chris. "Valve have announced the Dota 2 Shanghai Major". PC Gamer. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 

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Coordinates: 31°11′29″N 121°29′22″E / 31.191291°N 121.489391°E / 31.191291; 121.489391