Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin)

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Mercedes-Benz Arena
Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin August 2015.JPG
Former names O2 World (2008 - 2015)
Location O2-Platz 1, Berlin, Germany
Operator AEG
Capacity Concerts/MMA: 17,000
Basketball: 14,500[1][2]
Ice hockey: 14,200
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground 2006
Opened 2008
Construction cost € 165 million
Architect HOK Sport (now Populous)[3]
JSK Architects[4]
Tenants
ALBA Berlin (BBL) (2008–present)
Eisbären Berlin (DEL) (2008–present)
EuroBasket 2015

Mercedes-Benz Arena (German pronunciation: [mɛʁˌtseːdəsˈbɛnts ʔaˌʁeːnaː]; originally known as O2 World[5] [ʔoːˈtuː ˌvœːɐ̯lt]) 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.[6] With a capacity of 17,000 people,[7] 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.[6] The arena hosted the 2008–09 Euroleague Final four.[8] 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).

Naming rights[edit]

In January 2015 German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz announced it had reached a deal with the arena management to rename the venue Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin starting 1 July 2015. According to Mercedes-Benz the naming deal will last 20 years, and will also include some changes to the arena's interior design.[5] Between 2008 and 2015 the arena was known as O2 World Berlin due to sponsorship contract with Telefónica Germany, a telecommunications company.

Entertainments[edit]

Sports[edit]

The venue played host to one NHL Premiere game for the 2011–12 NHL season on 8 October 2011. The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4–2.[9]

The arena hosted the second stage of the 2011 Euro Beach Soccer League between 8–10 July.[10]

Beach soccer returned to the arena in August 2012 to again host the second stage of the 2012 Euro Beach Soccer League.

On 31 May 2014 UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi was the first event that the UFC had hosted in the venue.

It currently hosts a group of the FIBA EuroBasket 2015.

On 31 October 2015 it hosted the 2015 League of Legends World Championship final.[11]

On June 20, 2015 held UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne.

Other Events[edit]

In October 2013, the artist Jakob Kupfer[12] transformed the LED facade of the o2 World Berlin into a giant art installation.

Attendance[edit]

This is a list of home attendance figures of Alba Berlin at O2 World.[13]

German League[14] European competitions
Season Total High Low Average Season Total High Low Average
2008–09 232,490 14,800 6,103 10,108 2008–09 EL 90,111 14,800 9,147 11,264
2009–10 193,940 14,500 7,543 10,207 2009–10 EC 72,812 14,500 9,283 10,402
2010–11 262,367 14,500 7,431 10,932 2010–11 EC 51,757 9,222 7,114 8,626
2011–12 207,475 14,500 8,845 10,920 2011–12 EC 45,929 8,856 6,184 7,655
2012–13 182,645 13,786 6,878 10,147 2012–13 EL 108,122 11,988 7,816 9,010
2013–14 245,163 14,500 8,105 10,659 2013–14 EC 72,984 8,110 6,204 7,298
2014–15 224,748 13,688 7,277 10,216 2014–15 EL 123,501 14,133 8,226 10,292
2015–16 178,911 14,052 7,218 9,940 2015–16 EC 67,068 8,855 6,251 7,452

Gallery[edit]

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Coordinates: 52°30′20″N 13°26′36″E / 52.50556°N 13.44333°E / 52.50556; 13.44333

Preceded by
Palacio de Deportes de la CAM
Palacio de Deportes de la CAM
Euroleague
Final Four
Venue

2009
2016
Succeeded by
Palais de Paris-Bercy
TBD