Around 17,000 fans stream towards the Mercedes-Benz Arena – from Ostbahnhof and Warschauer Straße stations, and from the banks of the River Spree. And what do they want to see? A sensational three point shot in the very last second of a basketball game … the puck flying at lightning speed in an ice hockey match… or an emotional encore by their favourite superstar.
The Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin (former o2 World) invites you to a world of top events and concerts. The glittering array of national and international stars who have performed here range from to Andrea Berg, Xavier Naidoo or David Garrett to A-HA, Adele, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Rihanna and Justin Bieber.
Mercedes-Benz Arena also hosts such thrilling annual events as the magical Appassionata horse show and the spectacular Night of the Jumps motocross series. It also plays in the top league when it comes to sports events, attracting audiences of thousands to the We love MMA martial arts series or to watch the wealth of top athletes competing at the ISTAF Indoor track and field meeting.
A home venue for basketball and ice hockey
The Mercedes-Benz Arena is the home stadium for two of Germany’s top national clubs – basketball’s ALBA Berlin and the Eisbären Berlin ice hockey team. But the stadium is not only a venue for premier league matches, it also hosts international games with elite clubs. With nearly 17,000 cheering fans, the atmosphere in the stand is electric – just as it is in the 59 premium meeting and event suites! And no matter where you sit, you can find plenty of snack bars with a wide range of delicious dishes and drinks before, during and after the games – and all without long delays.
Visiting the Mercedes-Benz Arena
The stadium, constructed on a former rail goods yard, is located in the heart of Berlin directly next to Mühlenstraße, a main arterial road. Thanks to an opening in the famous East Side Gallery – the longest surviving stretch of the Berlin Wall – the Mercedes-Benz Arena also has its own landing place on the River Spree, and can even be reached by boat! The stadium’s parking deck normally offers space for 2,000 cars. The Mercedes-Benz Arena is also easy to reach by public transport, and has convenient subway, S-Bahn train, tram and bus links to the Ostbahnhof or Warschauer Straße stations. If you are planning to visit Berlin on a short break and take in a concert or sports event, you can find many hotels ideally located close to the stadium.
To find out more about the Mercedes-Benz Arena at first hand, why not take one of the Arena tours? The tours, which are designed for groups, allow you to visit areas normally off-limits to the public, including the locker rooms and the artists’ dressing rooms. On the tours you’ll also discover what happens to the ice when the Eisbären Berlin ice hockey team are not playing – and the quirks and fads of the superstars! And there are also guided tours especially for children.