Taipei Arena

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Not to be confused with Taipei Dome.
Taipei Arena (臺北小巨蛋)
Mini-Big Egg (小巨蛋)
Taipei Arena 20160605.jpg
Location Songshan, Taipei, Taiwan
Owner Taipei City Government
Operator Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (Taipei Metro)
Capacity Main Stadium - 15,085, Auxiliary Stadium - 800
Construction
Opened 2005
Architect Populous
Tenants
Chinese Taipei Ice Hockey League
A 2009 NBA Exhibition game between the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets at the Taipei Arena

The Taipei Arena (Chinese: 臺北小巨蛋; pinyin: Táiběi Xiǎo Jùdàn) is an indoor sporting arena located in Songshan District, Taipei, Taiwan. Built in 2005, the large multi-purpose stadium that can accommodate major international sport events such as ice skating, ice hockey, gymnastics, handball, basketball, tennis, badminton, table tennis, indoor soccer, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo and wrestling.

Building[edit]

It was designed by Archasia, an architectural firm established in Taipei (now Populous, a Kansas City, Missouri (USA) design architectural firm). It is located at the site of the former Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium (built in 1958, opened 1959, demolished 2000). The arena was opened on December 1, 2005. The main arena has an adjustable floor space: its minimum floor space is 60m × 30m, and can be extended to 80m × 40m.

The Chinese Taipei Ice Hockey League (CTIHL) plays out of the auxiliary arena, which is a 60m × 30m ice skating rink. The basement now houses two large gas turbine power generators to be used for the surrounding district during emergencies.[1]

Events[edit]

Since opening in 2005, the arena has held more art and cultural activities (such as live concerts) than sporting events, which it was originally designed and built for. These have included Disney on Ice and Cirque du Soleil, Cats the Broadway Musical.[2]

International Artists in the table below are highlighted in light blue.

Non-Entertainment Events:

Dates Unknown:

  • Jolin Tsai performed her 1st concert in the arena in November 2006 for her Dancing Forever World Tour.
  • Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki's Asia Tour, which had more than 10,000 tickets sold out in 1 hour. That was the 1st concert at the venue to be performed by a J-Pop artist.
  • Taiwanese Aborigine pop star Chang Hui-mei's STAR TOUR world tour.
  • Irish-American dancer and musician Michael Flatley reprises his role as Lord of the Dance in the Feet of Flames 2009 tour.
  • The Indiana Pacers vs Denver Nuggets game was the first (United States) National Basketball Association game held in the country back in 2009.
  • Japanese singer Namie Amuro filmed her tour here for the DVD release of Best Fiction Tour 2008-2009, back in 2009.
  • BIGBANG performed at the arena for the first time as part of their Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour 2012 and brought in 26,000 audiences.
  • Madonna performed in Taiwan for the first time as part of her Rebel Heart Tour in February 4 & 6,2016, and brought in 22,554 audiences.The highest ticket price of it goes to 30,000TWD, which is also the highest in Taiwan performance history. The box office of both performances up to 202 millions TWD, making the most successful box offices in Taiwan performance history.
  • In the rotation for the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. The venue is a frequent host of the International Skating Union figure skating championship for the Americas, Asia, Oceania, and Africa.

Transportation[edit]

Taipei Arena is accessible from Taipei Arena Station of the Taipei Metro.

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Coordinates: 25°03′02.55″N 121°33′0″E / 25.0507083°N 121.55000°E / 25.0507083; 121.55000