Sportpaleis, Antwerp

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The Antwerps Sportpaleis, also called Sportpaleis Antwerpen, Sportpaleis Merksem or simply the Sportpaleis, is an arena in Antwerp, Belgium. It is a multipurpose hall where concerts, sporting events, festivals and fairs are organized. The arena was built for sport, especially track cycling, but there is now little sport there, an exception being the Diamond Games tennis. It is the largest indoor venue in Europe.According to Billboard Magazine, the Sportpaleis is the second most visited event hall in the world, second only to Madison Square Garden. The Sportpaleis is known for performances by both Dutch-speaking and international artists. It also hosts the Nekka-Nacht, the Proximus Diamond Games tennis tournament for women and Pop Poll De Luxe, organised by the magazine HUMO.The main building is 88 metres wide and 132 metres long and has a roof spanning 11.600 m². Under the stands, there is a wooden cycling track 250 meters long and 8 meters wide. The arena is elliptical and has two floors.Next to the Sportpaleis is its sister venue the Lotto Arena, a hall that can accommodate 8,000 spectators.HistoryBuilding started on 11 January 1932. It lasted 21 months: on 11 September 1933, the building was completed, the largest indoor arena in Europe. The Sportpaleis was built by the The Apostel-Mampaey family from Boom. They were internationally renowned velodrome builders from 1907 up until the Second World War. The velodrome builders of Boom were very much in demand. They built tracks in Gentbrugge (1911), Wilrijk ‘Garden City’ (1916), Nice and Marseille (1920), Ostend (1921-1946), Brussel-Heizel (1932) and Oudenaarde (1933). The famous ‘Kuipke’ in Ghent (1922) and the even more famous Sportpaleis in Deurne (1933). In 2008 a book "De velodroombouwers Apostel-Mampaey" was published.
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  • This is a the party destination to alot of europeans neighbours like holland germany and france , people come from all over the globe to attend celebreties and festivals , i have been to drake , its r...  more »
  • Great venue attracting big, top name stars....excellent in the tail end of the year...Night of the Proms needs to be on your calendar...have seen some big acts there and I think it is now considered a...  more »
  • Very big place for a concert (went here for The Weeknd). Nicely organised for the seated places (no queue, areas split by colours), although the door for the red/blue area was a bit hard to find. Staf...  more »
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  • Big arena concert hall close to the centre of Antwerp. Security and check-in was quick and without any problems. Drinks were moderately expensive. Very logical lay-out, everything is easy to find. Lots of parking space, although if you're planning to get somewhere quickly after the concert, it's recommended to take the bike if you can because traffic is an absolute sh*tshow before, during and after a performance at the Sportpaleis. Getting to the centre of Antwerp afterwards is easy using trams, but you might want to wait outside the railway station for a bit, because that place gets jammed up pretty fast after a concert (after around fifteen minutes most of the people have gotten on a tram and it's a lot more comfortable after that)
  • Super easy and fast access from Antwerp central station, in max 10min. Very good quality stadium, great sound and visibility.
  • The place to be in Flanders for concerts and events. Good accessibility with public transport from park and ride parkings surrounding Antwerp. Good stageviews from all seatings. Expensive drinks and cashmachine inside the venue.
  • We'll organized. But no soul. Traffic and parking are difficult
  • Well trained & friendly staff. Drinks are Cheap and easy to get.