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The Lanxess Arena (formerly known as Kölnarena, German for Cologne Arena) is an indoor arena in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphaliamarker, Germany. It is primarily used by Kölner Haie (ice hockey), by VfL Gummersbach (team handball) and as a concert venue. It has hosted concerts by U2, Depeche Mode, Shania Twain, Westlife, a-ha, Aerosmith, Anastacia, Tina Turner, Coldplay, Mariah Carey, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Destiny's Child, Bruce Springsteen, Kylie Minogue, Tokio Hotel and Celine Dion. Kölnarena opened in 1998 and can accommodate 20,000 spectators.

In 2 June 2008 it was announced that the arena will be renamed to Lanxess Arena after the specialty chemicals group Lanxess AG, for a ten year deal.

In January 2009, Tina Turner opened her first European tour in nearly a decade entitled Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour before four sell-out crowds at the arena.

World Wrestling Entertainment is a regular at the Lanxess Arena, as they hosted events in 2002, 2003, 2006 and in October 2007.

The Arena was used for the 2007 World Men's Handball Championship, including the third place game and the final game.

On June 13th, 2009 the Ultimate Fighting Championships held UFC 99 at the Lanxess Arena. This was the first time the UFC has made its way to Germanymarker.

The arena will be one of the venues for the 2010 IIHF World Championship, including both semi-finals, the Bronze medal game, and the Championship game.



Notes

  1. Kölnarena to be renamed the "LANXESS Arena"


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