Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai)

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Mercedes-Benz Arena
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Shanghai Expo Cultural Center.jpg
Former namesShanghai World Expo Cultural Center
LocationExpo Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai
Coordinates31°11′29″N 121°29′22″E / 31.191291°N 121.489391°E / 31.191291; 121.489391Coordinates: 31°11′29″N 121°29′22″E / 31.191291°N 121.489391°E / 31.191291; 121.489391
Public transitShanghai Metro China Art Museum  8 
OperatorAEG
CapacityMain Venue maximum: 18,000
Main Venue end-stage: 13,000
The Mixing Room & Muse: 800
SurfaceFlooring
Construction
Built2007
Opened2010
ArchitectECADI and MANICA Architecture

The Mercedes-Benz Arena (simplified Chinese: 梅赛德斯-奔驰文化中心; traditional Chinese: 梅賽德斯-奔馳文化中心; pinyin: Méisàidésī-Bēnchí Wénhuà Zhōngxīn; Shanghainese: Meisedesy-bentzy Venho Tsonshin), formerly known as the Shanghai World Expo Cultural Center, is an indoor arena located on the former grounds of Expo 2010 in Pudong, Shanghai. It is owned and operated by the AEG-OPG joint venture.

The facility seats 18,000 people and includes a smaller venue, The Mixing Room & Muse, which is a more intimate live-music venue.[1]

The arena hosted the opening ceremony for the Expo 2010, during which it was known as the Expo Cultural Center.

Naming rights[edit]

The arena is sponsored in a ten-year deal by Mercedes-Benz[2] and was officially renamed the Mercedes-Benz Arena on January 15, 2011.

Events[edit]

The arena has become the most popular arena in mainland China since it opened in 2010.

Music[edit]

It is one of the most popular arenas for concert tours of the performers in Mandarin and Cantonese, also in Korean and Japanese.

Additionally, it attracted many superstars such as Adam Lambert, Akon, Alicia Keys, André Rieu, Andrea Bocelli, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Avenged Sevenfold, Avril Lavigne, The Beach Boys, Bruno Mars, Charlie Puth, The Cardigans, Eagles, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Iron Maiden, James Blunt, Jennifer Lopez, Jessie J, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, The Killers, Lay Zhang, Lindsey Stirling, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5, Metallica, Michael Bublé, Muse, Nile Rodgers, Nine Percent, Owl City, OneRepublic, Pitbull, Richard Clayderman, Quincy Jones, Queen, Rebecca Ferguson, Rocket Girls 101, The Rolling Stones, Samantha Jade, Simple Plan, Slash, Taylor Swift, Tony Bennett, Troye Sivan, Usher, and Unine.

Sports[edit]

On 21 September 2017, an NHL pre-season game was held in the stadium, with the Vancouver Canucks losing to the LA Kings 5-2. The game saw a crowd of 10,088 gather to watch the NHL's first ever game played in China.[3] In March 2016, the arena held a professional Dota 2 video game tournament, known as the Shanghai Major 2016.[4] The International 2019, Dota 2's premier annual tournament, will also take place in the arena in August 2019.[5]

Entertainment[edit]

The Mercedes-Benz Arena held the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in November 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Mixing Room & Muse" Time Out Shanghai. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-18
  2. ^ "Mercedes to sponsor AEG arena in China" Los Angeles Times. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-18
  3. ^ Cotsonika, Nicholas. "China Games big first step for NHL". NHL.com. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  4. ^ Thursten, Chris. "Valve have announced the Dota 2 Shanghai Major". PC Gamer. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  5. ^ Mejia, Ozzie. "The Dota 2 International 9 will take place in Shanghai, China". ShackNews. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

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