Velodrom

History

The Velodrom, Max-Schmeling-Halle and the swimming and diving pool Europasportpark (SSE) where planned as part of Berlin's bid for the Olympic Games for the year 2000. However, the Olympic Committee decided in favor of Sydney as the venue for the 2000 Summer Olympics. As a result, the construction concepts for the Max-Schmeling-Halle and the Velodrom had to be expanded during the construction phase to include the aspect of multifunctionality so that they could be used as multipurpose arenas.

The Velodrom celebrated its premiere on January 23, 1997, with the opening day of the 86th Berlin Six-Day Race. The final completion and official handover to the Berlin Senate took place in September 1997.

Architecture

The Velodrom is located in the middle of the Europa-Sportpark in the Prenzlauer Berg district near the city center. It has a maximum capacity of 12,000 visitors.

Its trademark is its circular shape and underground embedment. The building's interior is characterized primarily by a massive steel roof structure in the form of a circular "spoke wheel." This self-supporting design is unique in Europe and, with a diameter of 142 meters, is also considered its largest. The load capacity of the steel roof structure is 50 tons in total and up to one ton per node.

Seating options

Concert event with front stage, unseated

Stage area: 18 x 12 m
Capacity: approx. 9,000 people

Concert event UFO with front stage

Stage area: 18 x 12 m
Capacity: approx. 5,000 people

Row seating with front stage

Stage area: 18 x 12 m
Capacity: approx. 6,300 people

Sports event with grandstands

Capacity: approx. 8,200 persons

Parliamentary seating

Stage on the straight - stage area: 20 x 7 m
Capacity: approx. 1,200 persons

Concert event with center stage, unseated

Stage area: 15 x 15 m
Capacity: approx. 12,000 people

Concert event, UFO with center stage

Stage area: 15 x 15 m
Capacity: approx. 5,000 people

Row seating, medium version with front stage

Stage area: 18 x 12 m
Capacity: approx. 2,600 people

Gala event with banquet seating

Capacity: approx. 1,900 persons

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