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|Location||Ørestad Syd, Copenhagen|
|Owner||Arena CPHX P/S|
|Operator||Danish Venue Enterprise|
|Capacity||12,500 (ice hockey)
|Broke ground||26 June 2013|
|Opened||3 February 2017|
|Construction cost||DKK 1 billion
EUR € 134 million
HKS, Inc. (arena experts)
Planit IE (landscape)
|Structural engineer||Arup and ME Engineers|
Royal Arena is a multi-use indoor arena in Ørestad Syd, a new development in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark. The ground was broken for construction on 26 June 2013 and the arena opened in February 2017. It has a capacity of 13,000 for sporting events and up to 16,000 (either sitting or standing) for concerts.
The project was presented at a press conference at Bella Sky Hotel on 23 September 2011. The design of the arena was presented on 7 June 2012. The winning design team consists of 3XN, HKS, Inc., Arup, ME Engineers and Planit. The arena will have a distinctly Nordic design.
In Copenhagen, Parken Stadium, which is primary a football stadium, is the largest indoor arena, with a seating capacity of 38,065. The next-door Malmö Arena, which hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and several sporting events, was unfit for domestic events requiring an indoor arena with a capacity of 10,000–20,000. The last time Denmark hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, the city used the B&W Hallerne, which is a former industrial complex, and became too expensive. For most international sporting events, Brøndby Hall and Ballerup Super Arena are not big enough, while Parken Stadium is too big.
For hosting events such as the Eurovision Song Contest, World Men's Handball Championship, Ice Hockey World Championship, FINA World Aquatics Championships, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil an arena of this size is required.
Financing and operation
Realdania and Copenhagen Municipality will each make DKK 325,000,000 available for the project, while the Elite Facility Committee is expected to make a construction grant, and operating grants are expected from the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark. The site is made available by CPH City & Port Development. The chosen operator will have to lend the rest of the financing.
On 26 September 2016, Metallica announced via their blog that they will be "the first event ever held" at the new arena. Their shows are scheduled for the first week of February 2017. The Weeknd performed at the arena as part of his Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour on February 20, 2017. The 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships will be the first major sporting event in the arena, which will have a capacity of circa 12,500. The arena will be one of two arenas (the other being Jyske Bank Boxen) to host the 2018 IIHF World Championship. The Royal Arena will be one of eight venues in Denmark and Germany to host the 2019 World Men's Handball Championship.
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