With a maximum capacity of 12,000 visitors, the Velodrom is not only one of the largest arenas in Berlin and Brandenburg, but also an impressive setting for any kind of sportevents. Situated in the Europa Sports Park, in the central city district of Prenzlauer Berg, the arena's architecture is one of its most impressive features. The interior of the circular underground building is fascinating to behold, with its huge steel roof construction in the form of a circular "spoked wheel". With a diameter of 142 meters this suspended construction is unique in Europe and, at the same time, the largest of its kind in the world. The futuristic architecture meets both high aesthetic standards and provides very flexible utilisation options for all kinds of events, such as cycle racing, , table tennis, basketball or motocross events to horse shows and figure skating.
The practical advantages of the event hall not only include its visual and functional convertibility but also the availability of numerous adjoining rooms with a highly developed infrastructure. Visitors to the events appreciate both the central location with ist public transport links, including direct access to the city train.
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 were altered to become a multifunctional arena accommodating many different events.
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In addition to its imposing spatial atmosphere, the Velodrom offers very good acoustics for Rock, Pop and also sportevents alike. The generosity of the entire building and the intelligent architecture allow for a flexible handling when assembling stages and tribunes with variable capacities of up to 12,000 visitors, all of whom can enjoy an unhindered view of what is happening in the arena, no matter what stage or seating variant is being used.
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.
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.