Copenhagen’s new multi-purpose Royal Arena has opened for business and will be hosting the European Short Course Swimming Championships later this year.
The Royal Arena opened with a sold-out concert by the world’s biggest heavy-metal band, Metallica. It will welcome a host of top international stars including Rod Stewart this year.
Copenhagen residents and city guests will all be able to enjoy the 15,000 capacity international level arena, which is large enough for national and international music, cultural and sports events and which will enhance the international profile of the city.
The arena was designed by 3XN, HKS Architects, Arup, ME Engineers and Planit with a strong Scandinavian style.
The Royal Arena has a capacity of up to 15,000 seated and standing spectators for culture and music events. For sport events, e.g. handball matches, the capacity will be up to 12,500 spectators.
Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, said:
I’m really proud of the new Royal Arena that puts Copenhagen on the map and makes us able to compete with Hamburg, Stockholm and Berlin when it comes to attracting large scale international events.
This year several international bands will perform in the arena, and in 2018 we will host the Ice Hockey World Championship. I hope that Copenhageners, Danes as well as international visitors will enjoy great concerts, musicals and sports events in the new arena.
The European Swimming Championships 2017 will be the first major sporting event held at the new multi-purpose arena and will host around 800 contestants from 40 different countries and an expected audience of 30,000 during the five days of the championship.
The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2018 will also be hosted at the arena.
Please see the Q1 edition of Panstadia & Arena Management magazine in March for an in depth look at the Royal Arena.