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Rolling Stones rock new Paris U Arena

The new U Arena in Paris has been inaugurated with a series of concerts by rock legends The Rolling Stones.

The state-of-the-art domed arena, which will be home to rugby club Racing 92, opened last week.

Located in the heart of the La Défense business district, the U Arena is the largest and most innovative performance venue ever built in Europe.

Designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc, the arena offers a multi-functional, modular space with a capacity that can be optimised to welcome anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 spectators.

The space can be regularly reconfigured to serve live concerts, corporate and special events, as well as a host of local and international sporting events including those of its resident rugby club, Racing 92.

This exceptional arena, which has already been announced as an official venue for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, was inaugurated with three concerts by rock legends The Rolling Stones.

Moment Factory was tasked with breathing life into this scalable space and its studio designed a tailor-made technological infrastructure with a unified experiential multimedia content management system.

The unified system enables its team to control, synchronise and drive content across all of U Arena’s multimedia platforms, ensuring a coherent, seamless, immersive experience.

At the heart of the venue is a dynamic projection system that is exceptional as much for the dimensions of the surfaces it can cover as for its multiple potential configurations.

Projected content can be reconfigured—even in real-time during a single event—to allow high-impact visuals to be mapped onto the field, onto a variety of vertical surfaces and even onto the crowds.

This technological installation will be able to support thousands of simultaneous high-speed Wi-Fi connections, expanding the potential for interactivity and public participation during events. Taken together, these technologies will offer spectators a wholly immersive multimedia experience.