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|
|Opened||27 March 2004|
|Operator||BESTSPORT akciová společnost|
|Construction cost||8 billion CZK
€ 347 Million
|Architect||ATIP, a.s. – Vladimír Vokatý, Martin Vokatý, Jiří Vít|
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 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.
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.
In March 2008, the building was renamed O2 Arena.
- 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