Accor Arena (originally known as the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, 1984–2014, later Bercy Arena, 2014–2015 and AccorHotels Arena, 2015–2020), also known as Bercy in competitions where commercial names are prohibited, such as in the Olympic Games, is an indoor sports arena and concert hall located in the neighbourhood of Bercy, on the Boulevard de Bercy, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France. The closest Métro station is Bercy, which also serves the Finance Ministry across the street.
|Former names||Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy (1984–2014)|
Bercy Arena (2014–2015)
AccorHotels Arena (2015–2020)
|Location||8 Boulevard de Bercy|
12th arrondissement of Paris, France
|Owner||Ville de Paris|
|Operator||SEM du Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy|
Ice Hockey: 13,877
|Broke ground||February 1981|
|Opened||3 February 1984|
Designed by the architectural firm Andrault-Parat, Jean Prouvé and Aydin Guvan, the arena has a pyramidal shape and walls covered with a sloping lawn. It has a seating capacity ranging from 7,000 to 20,300, depending on the event. As part of the 2014–2015 renovations efforts, the arena was renamed to Bercy Arena on 1 January 2015. It was again renamed to AccorHotels Arena in October 2015, until it received its current name in June 2020.
The arena is one of the main venues for concerts in Paris. It has hosted numerous French and international performers over the years. Among those who have performed there the most are French rock singer Johnny Hallyday with 93 solo concerts from 1987 to 2016 and 6 concerts with the group Les vieilles canailles, French singer-songwriter Michel Sardou with 91 concerts from 1989 to 2012, French entertainer Dorothée with 56 concerts from 1990 to 1996 and another in 2010, Canadian singer Celine Dion with 35 concerts from 1995 to 2017, Canadian-born French singer Mylène Farmer with 33 concerts from 1989 to 2013, as well as American singer-songwriter Madonna with 25 concerts from 1990 to 2023. French electronic music duo Daft Punk performed and recorded their performance for Alive 2007 at Bercy. Norwegian band A-ha played 2 concerts at Bercy in 1988.
The Accor Arena is the main venue for the Paris Masters ATP Tour tennis tournament, and hosts the annual LNB All-Star Game basketball event and the Grand Slam Paris judo tournament. It is also used for many other sports events, such as table tennis, handball, basketball, boxing, gymnastics, track cycling and show jumping.
POPB hosted the European gymnastics championship in 2000, the 1991 and 1996 FIBA EuroLeague Final Fours, and the FIBA EuroBasket championship in 1999, among others. It also hosted the 2009–10 EuroLeague Final Four. It also hosted the Masters Karting Paris Bercy star race, from 1993 to 2001, and again in 2011. It was co-host of the 2017 IIHF World Championship and the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2021.
On January 24, 2020, it hosted an NBA regular season game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets, who would be represented by Frenchman Nicolas Batum. The Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 126-108 at the arena on January 19, 2023 during the 2022–23 NBA season.
The arena is set to be a venue for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
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Media related to AccorHotels Arena at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in French)