September 27th, 2010 Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena


After an amazing night in Zagreb, Croatia, the trin rolls into Prague tomorrow night.

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Former names Sazka Arena (2004-March 2008)
Location Ocelářská 460/2 190 00 Prague 9 – Libeň, Czech Republic
Broke ground September 2002
Built 2004
Opened 27 March 2004[1]
Operator BESTSPORT akciová společnost
Construction cost 8 billion CZK
347 Million
Architect ATIP, a.s. – Vladimír Vokatý, Martin Vokatý, Jiří Vít
Capacity Concerts: 18,000
Ice hockey:17,360
basketball:16,805

O2 arena, formerly Sazka Arena, is a multi-purpose arena, in Prague, Czech Republic.

It was built in time for the 2004 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships.

The O2 arena is easily accessible by public transport, there is a metro line B “Českomoravská” station, tram stops and bus stops; a train station “Praha Libeň” is close to the O2 arena as well.

The O2 arena is the home of Czech Extraliga team HC Slavia Praha.

It hosted the Final Four, of the Euroleague, in 2006.

The O2 Arena has hosted concerts by AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Phil Collins, Depeche Mode, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Evermore, Genesis, Karel Gott, Guns N’ Roses, Jean Michel Jarre, Tom Jones, KISS, Lenny Kravitz, Linkin Park, Madonna, Vanessa Mae, Kylie Minogue, Mötley Crüe, Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne, Luciano Pavarotti, Pearl Jam, P!nk, Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation, Queen, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Eros Ramazzotti, Rammstein, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Slade, Gwen Stefani, Tiesto, Tokio Hotel, Tina Turner and Roger Waters, among others.

Recent events

In October 2008, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning opened the 2008–09 NHL season at the O2 Arena with two games.

In November 2008, the French electronia pioneer Jean Michel Jarre performed his Oxygène album live at the arena, as part of the second leg of the Oxygène 30th anniversary tour.

In December 2008, the arena played host to the playoff matches of the 2008 Men’s World Floorball Championships, including the 7:6 Finnish upset over Sweden.

History

The idea of building a new arena in Prague came on the heels of the “golden era” of Czech ice hockey: winning 3 gold medals in a row. The arena was proposed to be built in time to host the 2003 World Championship tournament in ice hockey, but due to unforeseen complications with the investors, the ice hockey governing body had to switch that tournament to Finland. The arena’s main backer then became Sazka a.s., a Czech betting company.

The construction of the arena (which began in September 2002) was not without problems, but it finally finished in time to host the 2004 tournament.

In March 2008, the building was renamed O2 Arena.

Technical facts

  • Number of floors: 6
  • Floor space: 35,000 m²
  • Capacity: up to 18,000 spectators (depends on action)
  • Club and Luxury seats: 2,460
  • Skyboxes: 66
  • Party Boxes: 4
  • Places in bars,restaurants and cafés: 2,900
  • Parking: 280 places
  • Population of its catchment area: 1.5 to 1.8 million people

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