Oslo Spektrum

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Oslo Spektrum
Oslo Spektrum east wall.JPG
Oslo Spektrum seen from Sonja Henies plass
LocationSentrum, Oslo
Coordinates59°54′46.6″N 10°45′16.7″E / 59.912944°N 10.754639°E / 59.912944; 10.754639Coordinates: 59°54′46.6″N 10°45′16.7″E / 59.912944°N 10.754639°E / 59.912944; 10.754639
Public transitMetro: Jernbanetorget stasjon
(1 2 3 4 5 6)
Tram: Jernbanetorget stasjon
(11 12 13 17 18 19 )
Bus: Oslo Bus Terminal
Train: Oslo S
OwnerNorges Varemesse
OperatorNorges Varemesse
Capacity6,500 (sport)
9,700 (concerts)
10,500 (max)
Broke ground1988
OpenedDecember 1990
ArchitectLPO Arkitektkontor AS
Vålerenga (Eliteserien) (1990–1993)
Spektrum Flyers (Eliteserien) (1994–1996)

Oslo Spektrum is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in east central Oslo, Norway that opened in December 1990. It is currently owned and operated by Norges Varemesse. Oslo Spektrum is primarily known for hosting major events such as the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert, the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, and concerts by artists of national and international fame.

Artists such as Toto, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Shania Twain, Westlife, Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera, Anastacia, Spice Girls, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Lana Del Rey, Metallica, Muse, Rammstein, a-ha, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Marcus & Martinus have performed at the venue.[1][2][3][4]



Oslo Spektrum was part of a large-scale redevelopment of the formerly industrial Grønland/Vaterland area. It was designed by LPO Arkitektkontor AS, and its exterior walls were decorated with ceramic tiles containing fragments of prints by the artist Rolf Nesch. Since this artist died in 1975, permission was obtained from his living relatives, and the decorating was supervised by painter Guttorm Guttormsgaard and ceramic artist Søren Ubisch. In 2004 Oslo Spektrum was awarded the Oslo City Council's award for outstanding architectural achievement.[citation needed]


At the time of opening it was Norway's largest indoor arena, with a capacity of 9,700 at concerts and 6,500 during sporting events). It has since been expanded several times. In Greater Oslo both Vallhall Arena (capacity 13,000 for concerts/4,000 for sporting events) and Telenor Arena (capacity 25,000/15,000) provide larger venues.[citation needed] Oslo Spektrum was conceived as a multi-purpose arena although it was intended primarily for ice hockey. In this capacity it was intended as the home of both Vålerenga Ishockey and Furuset Ishockey, but this did not work out as expected and the venue was soon left to rely on other means of generating revenue.

Development and renovation[edit]

In June 2017, the owner notified Norges Varemesse that they were planning to renovate and expand the arena for more than NOK 1 billion. Among other things, a new congress centre will be built with around 3,000 seats and a total of 20,000 additional square metres. The development is scheduled to start in 2020, and the new centre will be opened in 2023. The goal of the development is to make Oslo better equipped to be Scandinavia's "conference capital". Today's concert hall, with an audience capacity of approx. 10,000 seats, should be refurbished and include 1,700 extra seats. The renovation work is scheduled to start in the summer of 2019.[5]


Oslo Spektrum (left, next to the Oslo Plaza tower building)

One of Oslo Spektrum's prime attributes is its location in the middle of Downtown Oslo, next to the Central Station, long and medium haul bus terminal, Jernbanetorget public transportation hub and only a short distance from international ferry terminals. This makes it easily accessible and minimises traffic problems when crowds arrive at events and disperse afterwards, which has been an issue with other venues such as the more remotely located Telenor Arena.[citation needed]


Oslo Spektrum was designed to accommodate various types of entertainment shows and sporting events. It has built-in ice making facilities, and while it is rarely used for ice hockey, it regularly hosts ice shows like Walt Disney's World on Ice. It also hosts the Norwegian Handball Championships, for a period becoming Norway's largest handball arena. Other notable events that are regularly held here include the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, Norwegian Idol finals, Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian music awards), and the Oslo Horse Show. Currently, Spektrum hosts a total of 100 events annually, with some 400,000 visitors. Of these, 70% are concerts by major national and international artists, 10% are other types of entertainment shows, 13% are fairs, conferences and corporate events, and only 3% are sporting events.

Oslo Spektrum hosted the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest which was won by Ireland.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kylie Minogue Setlist". setlist.fm. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Forrykende Janet". vg.no. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Det er så spektakulært og velregissert at man rett og slett blir litt vippet av pinnen". Dagbladet.no (in Norwegian). 2016-11-12. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  4. ^ "Tour". Michael Bublé's Official Website. December 2011. Archived from the original on 9 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  5. ^ Wig, Karl. "Her er nye Oslo Spektrum: Skal bygges ut for én milliard". E24. Retrieved 2 June 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Oslo Spektrum at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by