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Jeunesse Arena is an indoor multi-purpose arena, located in the region of Barra da Tijuca, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is named for the American cosmetics company Jeunesse Global through a naming rights deal closed in 2017.[2][3] Before, the sponsor name was HSBC Arena. The arena was completed in July 2007 and was first known as Arena Olímpica do Rio (Rio Olympic Arena), which it was known as during the 2016 Summer Olympics. From December 2007 to March 2008, it was known as RioArena. The arena has a capacity of 15,430 people for sports and up to 18,768 for concerts.[4][5]

Jeunesse Arena
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The then-Arena Olímpica during the 2007 Pan American Games
Former namesArena Olímpica do Rio (Jul–Dec 2007, 2016)
RioArena (Dec 2007 – Mar 2008)
HSBC Arena (2007 - 2016)
LocationRio de Janeiro, Brazil[1]
Coordinates22°58′31″S 43°23′25″W / 22.97528°S 43.39028°W / -22.97528; -43.39028Coordinates: 22°58′31″S 43°23′25″W / 22.97528°S 43.39028°W / -22.97528; -43.39028
OwnerCity of Rio de Janeiro
OperatorGL Events
Capacity15,430 (sports events)
18,768 (concerts)
Construction
Broke groundNovember 2005
OpenedJuly 2007
Construction costR$ 125.971.202,92
Tenants
Flamengo Basketball (some matches) (NBB) (2009–present)

SportsEdit

The arena hosted the basketball and gymnastics events at the 2007 Pan American Games. In December 2007, it started being operated by GL Events, who also operates the nearby Riocentro Convention Center and the Riocentro Sports Complex, and started hosting many concerts from a variety of artists. It has also hosted the telethon show, Criança Esperança, after 2008, replacing Ginásio Ibirapuera as the host. Starting on 29 March 2008, it was renamed as the HSBC Arena, as part of a naming rights agreement with the bank.[6]

The arena hosted UFC's second event in Brazil, UFC 134, which took place on August 27, 2011. It was the first event in Brazil in over ten years. Seven other UFC events have since been held in the arena: UFC 142, on January 14, 2012; UFC 153, on October 13, 2012; UFC 163, on August 3, 2013; UFC 190, on August 1, 2015; UFC 212, on June 3, 2017; UFC 224, on May 12, 2018; and UFC 237, on May 11, 2019.

An NBA game between the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards was also held at HSBC Arena in 2013.[7] The arena also hosted the 2014 edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup between Flamengo and Maccabi Tel Aviv. The NBA also hosted a preseason game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat on 11 October 2014, as part of the NBA Global Games.

In 2017, the arena hosted the 2017 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational."2017 Mid-Season Invitational Brazil: Location and new format".

In November 2018, the arena hosted the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Season 8 Pro League finals."Six big talking points from the Rainbow Six Season 8 Pro League Finals".

 
The Arena hosting the 2016 Olympics gymnastics.

2016 OlympicsEdit

The arena hosted all of the gymnastics events of the 2016 Summer Olympics, being the first time all these events were held at the same venue, and wheelchair basketball events of the 2016 Summer Paralympics.[8] The HSBC Arena name was not used during the Olympics (the original name of the arena, Arena Olímpica do Rio, was used instead), since corporate sponsorship is not allowed in the names of Olympic venues. In the 2016 Summer Paralympics, RioArena hosted the wheelchair basketball tournament.

ConcertsEdit

Queen + Paul Rodgers concluded their Rock the Cosmos Tour at the arena on 29 November 2008.[9] Demi Lovato performed at the arena for her South American Tour 2010 on May 27, 2010.[10] Miley Cyrus performed at the arena for her Gypsy Heart Tour on May 13, 2011, and it was Cyrus' first concert in Brazil. [11] On March 27, 2011, Iron Maiden's performance at the arena had to be postponed to the following night after a security barrier collapsed during the opening song. The entire audience was allowed to attend the following night's show, although those who couldn't attend were given a refund.[12] On June 29, 2017, Ariana Grande brought her Dangerous Woman Tour to the arena, had a very euphoric audience.

Others artists who have performed there included Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, Sade, Diana Ross, Bruno Mars, Joe Cocker, Jennifer Lopez, Maroon 5, Michael Bublé, Selena Gomez, Keane, Florence and the Machine, Robert Plant, Laura Pausini, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Cher Lloyd, RBD, The Offspring, R.E.M., Green Day, Joss Stone, Scorpions, Evanescence, Selena Gomez, Lily Allen, Paramore, Corinne Bailey Rae and McFly.

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