After four years of building the Velodrom was completed in autumn 1997. It first opened in January 1997 for the 86th Berliner 6-Tage-Rennen, its official opening however was only in August of that year.
Dominique Perrault, the architect that had already designed the State Library of Paris, gave the Velodrom its unique facade.
Before the Velodrom was built, the Werner-Seelenbinder-Halle was located on the premises. It had also hosted many great sport and cultural events.
The total costs amounted to approx. 270 Mio. DM. (German Maarks)
The main entrance is located next to S-Bahnhof Landsberger Allee. A signposted exit will lead you directly to the main entrance.
The Velodrom, as well as the Max-Schmeling-Halle and several indoor swimming pools, were initially built to host the Olympic Games 2000, which Berlin had hoped to host. When the Olympic Committee decided to hold the event in Sydney instead, the building concepts of the Velodrom and the Max-Schmeling-Halle had to be altered to become a multifunctional arena accommodating many different events.
The capacity of the Velodrom depends on the type of event and its required internal construction. The arena can host events for 700 to 12,000 people at a maximum.
The Velodrom has a clearance height of 13 m. Further technical details can be found under Technical facts.
Apart from the main building, the Velodrom has a restaurant, a press and working area, a gallery room of 500 sqm, as well as the Seelenbinder-Halle, which accommodates school and club activities.
Eine Nutzung der Radrennbahn für Privatpersonen ist nicht möglich.
The cycling track was built from sensitive Siberian Spruce and is firmly attached to the ground. For safety reasons it is not permitted to enter the cycling track by car. Its hard shoulder maybe opened to cars and roller-bladers upon prior inspection.
The Velodrom was built particularly wheelchair-friendly, thus sufficient space for wheelchairs is provided. All catering and restroom facilities are easily accessible for wheelchairs users. If you encounter any problems during an event, please contact a member of the B.E.S.T. staff. They would be delighted to provide you with further assistance.
The Velodrom provides sufficient spaces for wheelchair-bound guests. Please inform us in advance on purchase of your ticket if you need avail of this service, so that adequate seating can be arranged.
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