Royal Arena

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Royal Arena
Copenhagen Arena
Location Ørestad Syd, Copenhagen
Coordinates 55°37′26″N 12°34′26″E / 55.624°N 12.574°E / 55.624; 12.574Coordinates: 55°37′26″N 12°34′26″E / 55.624°N 12.574°E / 55.624; 12.574
Owner Arena CPHX P/S
Operator Danish Venue Enterprise
Capacity 12,500 (ice hockey)
13,000 (handball)
16,000 (concerts)
Broke ground 26 June 2013
Built 2013–2016
Opened 3 February 2017
Construction cost DKK 1 billion
EUR € 134 million
Architect 3XN (primary)
HKS, Inc. (arena experts)
Planit IE (landscape)
Structural engineer Arup and ME Engineers
The arena under construction in September 2016

Royal Arena[1] 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[2] 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.[3][4]


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[edit]

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.

Although five companies qualified to bid as arena operators, Live Nation was selected as operator[5] ahead of AEG Facilities in December 2011.

Inside Royal Arena in Copenhagen. Picture taken during the D-A-D & Dizzy Mizz Lizzy concert on 2017-02-17

Notable events[edit]

On 26 September 2016, Metallica announced via their blog[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] The arena will be one of two arenas (the other being Jyske Bank Boxen) to host the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[9][10] The Royal Arena will be one of eight venues in Denmark and Germany to host the 2019 World Men's Handball Championship.


Concerts at Royal Arena[11][12]
Date Artist Tour Attendance
3, 7, 9 February 2017[13] Metallica WorldWired Tour 46,500
17 February 2017[14] Dizzy Mizz Lizzy & D-A-D 16,000
20 February 2017[15] The Weeknd Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour 15,500
23 February 2017[16] Rod Stewart HITS 2017 9,500
4 March 2017[17] Avenged Sevenfold
7 March 2017[18] Drake Boy Meets World Tour 16,000
18 March 2017[19] Marcus & Martinus Together Tour 14,000
29 March 2017 Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
9 May 2017 John Mayer Search For Everything World Tour 16,000
18 May 2017[20] Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour
24 May 2017 Nik & Jay
2 June 2017 André Rieu
5 June 2017[21] Aerosmith Aero-Vederci Baby! Tour
15 June 2017[22] Celine Dion Celine Dion Live 2017
2 September 2017 Metallica WorldWired Tour
28 September 2017 John Legend Darkness And Light Tour
20 October 2017 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
21 October 2017[23] Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour
11 November 2017 Carpark North
19 March 2018 Harry Styles Harry Styles: Live on Tour
8 June 2018 Katy Perry Witness: The Tour

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