The Max-Schmeling-Halle is one of the biggest arenas in Berlin and Brandenburg. It is integrated into a park landscape on the grounds of the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn Sports Park in the city district of Prenzlauer Berg close to the city centre. It has very good traffic links and lies at the heart of the capital. The elegant architecture meets both high aesthetic standards and very flexible options for utilisation for all kinds of sports events such as basketball, handball, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics events, formation dances, boxing, soccer to motocross events, figure skating or horse shows.
The Max-Schmeling-Halle is completely barrier-free and, as a multi-functional hall, fulfils all requirements of modern event technology; and it has a decisive advantage compared to other halls of this size - the architecture allows organisers, with little effort, to create a very intimate environment to meet the needs to the individual event or utilisation, because it is technically possible to reduce the size of the hall. The practical advantages of the event hall include ist central location with public traffic links and the availability of various adjoining halls and premises with a highly-developed infrastructure as well.
The Max-Schmeling-Halle, as well as the Velodrom 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 Max-Schmeling-Halle and the Velodrom were altered to become a multifunctional arena accommodating many different events.
Facts and Figures
A total capacity of more than 11,900 visitors and the idea of “intimacy” seem to be antagonisms, however this is not the case in the Max-Schmeling-Halle. The unique concept of the hall with its steeply rising rows and the telescopic stages make it possible that each visitor has an unhindered view to the overall interior space of the arena from his/her seat, thus feeling very close to the event.
The capacity of the Max-Schmeling-Halle depends on the type of event and its required internal construction. The arena can host events for 700 to 11,950 people at a maximum. It is fitted with 7,491 fixed seats, the maximum indoor capacity reaches 4, 040.
The Max-Schmeling-Halle consists of the main hall as well as three other sport halls, which are regularly used by clubs and schools. A dance- and ballet room, a fully equipped VIP Lounge, a restaurant with an additional VIP area, a colonade hall, as well as seperate media and press and print/media rooms are also available on site.