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The Mercedes-Benz Arena (German: [mɛɐ̯ˌtseːdəsˈbɛnts ʔaˌʁeːnaː])[5] is a multipurpose indoor arena in the Friedrichshain neighborhood of Berlin, Germany, which opened in 2008.[6]

Mercedes-Benz Arena
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany.jpg
Former namesO2 World (2008-2015)
LocationMercedes-Platz 1, Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany
Coordinates52°30′20″N 13°26′36″E / 52.50556°N 13.44333°E / 52.50556; 13.44333Coordinates: 52°30′20″N 13°26′36″E / 52.50556°N 13.44333°E / 52.50556; 13.44333
OperatorAEG
CapacityConcerts/MMA: 17,000
Basketball: 14,500[1][2]
Ice hockey: 14,200
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke ground2006
OpenedSeptember 2008
Construction cost€ 165 million
ArchitectHOK Sport (now Populous)[3]
JSK Architects[4]
Tenants
Alba Berlin (BBL) (2008–present)
Eisbären Berlin (DEL) (2008–present)

With a capacity of 17,000 people,[7] it is home to the Eisbären Berlin ice hockey club and the Alba Berlin basketball team, and is used for other ice hockey, basketball and handball matches as well as concerts.[6]

The arena hosted the 2008–09 Euroleague Final Four.[8] The arena was one of the most prominent elements of the Mediaspree urban redevelopment project, quickly gaining emblematic status in the debates surrounding the project's impact.

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Naming rightsEdit

In 2015, German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz reached a deal with the arena management to rename the venue Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin for twenty years.[5] Between 2008 and 2015, the arena was known as O2 World Berlin (German: [ɔʊˈtuː ˌvœːɐ̯lt]) due to sponsorship contract with Telefónica Germany, a telecommunications company.

Notable eventsEdit

AttendanceEdit

This is a list of home attendance figures of Alba Berlin at O2 World.[14]

German League[15] European competitions
Season Total High Low Average Season Total High Low Average
2008–09 232,490 14,800 6,103 10,108 2008–09 EL 90,111 14,800 9,147 11,264
2009–10 193,940 14,500 7,543 10,207 2009–10 EC 72,812 14,500 9,283 10,402
2010–11 262,367 14,500 7,431 10,932 2010–11 EC 51,757 9,222 7,114 8,626
2011–12 207,475 14,500 8,845 10,920 2011–12 EC 45,929 8,856 6,184 7,655
2012–13 182,645 13,786 6,878 10,147 2012–13 EL 108,122 11,988 7,816 9,010
2013–14 245,163 14,500 8,105 10,659 2013–14 EC 72,984 8,110 6,204 7,298
2014–15 224,748 13,688 7,277 10,216 2014–15 EL 123,501 14,133 8,226 10,292
2015–16 178,911 14,052 7,218 9,940 2015–16 EC 67,068 8,855 6,251 7,452
2016–17 166,337 13,022 6,376 9,785 2016–17 EC 47,435 8,666 5,429 6,776
2017–18 231,153 13,566 7,543 9,631 2017–18 EC 62,050 8,878 6,322 7,756
2018–19 2018–19 EC 96,555 12,945 6,322 8,046

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Worldstadiums.com basketball capacity 14,500. Archived 6 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Euroleague.net "the 16,000-seat o2 World".
  3. ^ O2 World Berlin architect: Populous
  4. ^ O2 World Berlin Germany Archived 25 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine architect: JSK Architects
  5. ^ a b Aus o2 World wird Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin Archived 26 January 2015 at Archive.today, 26 January 2015 ‹See Tfd›(in German)
  6. ^ a b Startschuss für die O2 World in Berlin Archived 14 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine, 27 April 2006 ‹See Tfd›(in German)
  7. ^ Data and facts about O2 World Archived 8 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine 30 September 2008 ‹See Tfd›(in German)
  8. ^ Euroleague Basketball, AEG Announce Global Partnership Agreement
  9. ^ "Scorpions performs at Germany's ECHO Awards". Blabbermouth.net. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
  10. ^ "Premiere 2011 teams, locations revealed". NHL.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  11. ^ "EBSL 2011 goes to Berlin!". beachsoccer.com. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  12. ^ www.jakobkupfer.com
  13. ^ "2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES". lolesports. Riot Games. Archived from the original on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  14. ^ Attendance data at Basketball Bundesliga website
  15. ^ Including playoff games

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