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Copenhagen welcomes new venue with the opening of Royal Arena

Copenhagen’s new large multi arena, the Royal Arena, with a capacity of 16,000 concert guests, opened its doors last week with a performance from legendary band Metallica. The popular new venue will also be hosting its first major sporting event, The European Swimming Championships 2017 later this year.

Copenhagen residents and city guests will be able to enjoy the international level arena, large enough for national and international music, cultural and sports events which will enhance the international profile of the city.

Royal Arena opened its doors for the very first time with a sold-out concert by the world's biggest heavy-metal band, Metallica. But big names like The Weeknd, Rod Stewart, John Mayer and Cirque du Soleil will follow and perform at this new venue in 2017.

“I’m pleased that the Danish capital is to have an arena so that Copenhagen can hold its own against cities such as London, Berlin, Stockholm and Hamburg. It will give space for many exciting events for Copenhageners and guests. The arena will also attract growth to Copenhagen and the greater Copenhagen region as well as even more investment in Orestad”, said the Copenhagen Lord Mayor, Frank Jensen.

Major sports events

As for international sports events, 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, which is amongst the world’s largest sporting events, have also chosen the Royal Arena as their venue.

"The Royal Arena has given us the opportunity to bid on culture- and sports events in absolute world class, that we previously lacked the right physical space to host. I am pleased that we could get a major event, such as the European Swimming Championships to Copenhagen. Now we can show the rest of the world, what Denmark really has to offer,’’ says Carl Christian Ebbesen major of Culture & Leisure, Copenhagen.

About the Royal Arena

The Royal Arena, located in Ørestaden, Copenhagen, has a capacity of 12,500 people at sporting events, the same amount for theatre style conference settings and about 16,000 concert guests. It is also adjustable to create a smaller arena down to 3,500 people. Royal Arena expects between 60-80 event days per year.

Royal Arena is surrounded by several hotels and Copenhagen Airport is just 10 minutes away.