SAP Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Mannheim, Germany. It is primarily used for ice hockey and handball, and is the home arena of the Adler Mannheim ice hockey club and the Rhein-Neckar Löwen handball club. Inaugurated in 2005, the arena has a capacity of up to 15,000 people. More than a hundred concerts and convention events are hosted at the arena annually. The SAP Arena is one of the largest in Germany and one of the most high-tech in Europe. The arena is named after its sponsor SAP.
|Capacity||11,000–15,000 (concerts) |
13,600 (ice hockey)
|Broke ground||November, 2002|
|Opened||September 2, 2005|
|Construction cost||€ 70 million|
|Architect||Hentrich – Petschnigg & Partner KG|
|Adler Mannheim (DEL) (2005–present)|
Rhein-Neckar Löwen (HBL) (2005–present)
A tram line (number 6) connects the SAP Arena to Mannheim city center and a newly built road connection to the B 38a highway connects it to the A 656 Autobahn, leading to the A656/A 6 interchange, connecting eastbound Mannheim to Heidelberg (A656), and north-southbound to Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart (A6), as well as a little north on the A6 to Kaiserlautern (westbound).
In January 2018 the SAP Arena became the first multi-purpose arena in Germany that provides location-based services like indoor navigation and proximity marketing to its visitors. Therefore name sponsor SAP has had the arena equipped with 630 iBeacons by the German technology startup Favendo.
Tina Turner performed at the arena on 19 and 20 February 2009 during her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour. Depeche Mode performed at the arena twice: On 7 November 2009 during their Tour of the Universe and on 4 February 2014 during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,280 people. Madonna played a show in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,883 people during her Rebel Heart Tour on 29 November 2015. Deep Purple performed a show on 11 February 2013 in front of nearly 10,000 people. Céline Dion will bring her Courage World Tour to the arena on 19 June 2020.
- SAP-Arena: Technical Data (in German) Archived 2011-10-02 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
- "SAP Arena: Monitor und Navigations-App informieren Arena-Besucher - Medientechnik - Monitore". Stadionwelt Business (in German). Retrieved 1 February 2018.