Accor Hotels Arena - March 17, 2018
Situated on the eastern bank of the Seine, the historic and traditional Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy was renovated and re-named in October 2015, becoming the Accor Hotels Arena. This modern facility has been updated with the latest technologies, and has accumulated over 30 million spectators in its 30-year history, including those of prestigious rounds of the X-Trial World Championship, most recently staged here in March 2012.
The venue has a variety of configurations to reach a total of 17,000 spectators, and is considered one of five most prestigious arenas in the world, alongside Madison Square Garden, the O2 Arena, the Staples Center and the Mercedez-Benz Arena. It attracts an average of 130 events annually.
Built in the shape of a pyramid, this venue is unique in having its exterior covered in grass, while the roof's metallic shell is supported by four enormous concrete pillars.
Among the many sporting competitions hosted here, highlights have included the European and World Athletics Championship, Basketball's EuroLeague and Final Four, the Paris Masters and Davis Cup and, as well as the aforementioned X-Trial events, the Masters Karting that saw Formula One drivers take to the track.
Artists and groups such as Phil Collins, Genesis, Eminem, Beyoncé, Laura Pausini, Selena Gomez, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber, Céline Dion, Britney Spears, Iron Maiden, R.E.M, Green Day, Justin Timberlake, The Rolling Stones, Linkin Park Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen, Tina Turner, Madonna, Simple Minds, Lady Gaga, The Cranberries, Black Eyed Peas and One Direction are among the stars of the music world who have performed in this impressive parisian facility.