Lanxess Arena

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Lanxess Arena
Public viewing during the 2010 Soccer World Cup in front of the Lanxess Arena
Public viewing during the 2010 Soccer World Cup in front of the Lanxess Arena
Sponsor name (s)
  • Lanxess Arena (since 2008)
place Willy-Brandt-Platz 3 50679 Cologne - Deutz , Germany
Coordinates 50 ° 56 '18.1 "  N , 6 ° 58' 58.3"  E Coordinates: 50 ° 56 '18.1 "  N , 6 ° 58' 58.3"  E
owner Junson Capital Company Limited
operator ARENA Management GmbH
start of building July 31, 1996
opening September 11, 1998 ( Soft Opening )
October 17, 1998 (Official Opening)
surface Concrete
ice surface synthetic surface
costs 153 million euros
architect Architectural office Peter Böhm
capacity 18,700 places (ice hockey)
19,403 places (handball)
20,000 places (maximum)

The Lanxess-Arena (spelling: LANXESS arena) , originally and in parlance also Kölnarena , is a multi-purpose hall . It is located in the central Deutz district of Cologne on the right bank of the Rhine and is nicknamed the Henkelmännchen due to its shape .

With up to 20,000 seats (varies depending on the event and depends on the stage structure) and 83,700 square meters of usable space, various dining facilities, modern stage , sound and lighting technology , it is suitable for many types of events such as sports , concerts , musicals , and congresses or meetings. Because of the regular games of the Cologne ice hockey club Kölner Haie, it has a coverable ice surface as well as variable seating and standing stands.

The arena was built between 1996 and 1998 according to a design by the Böhm architects. The official opening was on October 17, 1998 during a concert by Luciano Pavarotti . She has a mascot called "Areni" who appears at all major events.



Kölnarena (logo until May 2008)
Concerts are also held in the arena, for example in 2000 and 2011 by Britney Spears
Areni, the mascot of the Lanxess Arena
The interior of the Lanxess Arena before a handball game
The Lanxess Arena at a Bundesliga match of VfL Gummersbach
The Lanxess Arena before the fourth final game of the 2007/08 DEL season between the Haien and the Eisbären Berlin .

The following clubs regularly play or play their home games in the Lanxess Arena:

In 2006, the European Club Championship in handball and the final tournament of the NBA Europe Live Tour took place in the arena . At the 2007 men's handball world championship , eight games were played in the arena, including the final. After the men's ice hockey world championship in 2001 and the men's ice hockey world championship in 2010 , the 2017 men's ice hockey world championship was the third time an ice hockey world championship tournament was held in the arena.

World Wrestling Entertainment has been to the arena five times so far, on May 1, 2002 as part of the "Insurrextion" tour with the RAW squad, on October 10, 2003 as part of the "Passport to Pain" tour with the SmackDown! - Squad, on April 23, 2006 as part of the "WrestleMania Revenge" tour again with the SmackDown! Squad and on October 13, 2007 as part of the "Survivor Series" tour with the RAW squad. The last event so far was the "WrestleMania Revenge" tour of the SmackDown! Squad on April 16, 2009. At these four events, the WWE Superstars attracted a total of around 40,000 spectators into the arena.

Basketball games have also been held regularly in the Lanxess Arena since 2000. The first user was Telekom Baskets Bonn , which moved to the Cologne Arena in 2000 for a game against Alba Berlin . There they set a new European record with 18,506 spectators. Between 2001 and 2009 the Köln 99ers played regularly in the Lanxess Arena. However, the team was rarely able to attract enough spectators to the arena and played most of the home games in the much smaller GEW Energy Dome with only 3000 seats.

The 2008 European Football Championship and the 2010 World Football Championship were also broadcast in the arena as part of a public viewing event. All games of the German national soccer team and all pairings from the quarter-finals onwards were broadcast. In addition to the inside area of ​​the arena, a 50 m² screen was also installed outside, allowing 32,000 visitors free entry to the event. Nevertheless, in the semi-finals between Germany and Turkey , for example, the gates had to be closed two hours before the start of the game, as both areas were overcrowded early on.

In 2010 the Kölnarena was one of the venues for the 2010 Men's Ice Hockey World Championship . Among other things, the semifinals and finals took place here on the weekend of Pentecost. The EHF Champions League Final4 has been held in the arena every year since 2010 . The Final4 will stop in Cologne by 2020.

In March 2016, the Lanxess Arena hit the headlines nationwide. The German Handball Federation (DHB) rented the arena for an international handball match of the German national team on April 1, 2016. However, the main tenant of the hall, the Kölner Haie , reached the playoff semifinals of the 2015/16 ice hockey season and thus had the right of use for this date to play the second game of the semifinals series. Stefan Lochs, managing director of the arena, confirmed that his company was responsible for the double occupancy. Despite 13,000 tickets sold for the handball game, the DHB agreed to reschedule the game three days before the date.


Numerous well-known artists have given concerts in the Lanxess Arena so far. The first concert was given on October 1st, 1998 by the Swiss pop star DJ BoBo . The internationally successful Night of the Proms tour also regularly fills the arena on two evenings in December. In November 1998 the German premiere of Disney's Mulan took place there. Cologne bands like the Bläck Fööss with their New Year's Eve concerts or the Höhner , both of which regularly have sold-out performances in the arena, also play at home. A crowd puller at the Cologne Carnival is the Lachende Kölnarena , the successor to the Laughing Sports Hall .

Metallica broke the attendance record twice at its last two concerts in autumn 2017: on September 14, 2017 with 18,446 and on September 16, 2017 with 18,483.

Björn Heuser set a new attendance record on September 29, 2018 with 20,216 spectators.


In addition, some general meetings of German stock corporations take place in the Lanxess Arena . These include companies such as Lufthansa , Deutsche Post AG and Deutsche Telekom AG .

other events

Cologne-Deutz, arena with town house

Stefan Raab repeatedly carried out special programs in the Lanxess Arena. The boxing rematch against Regina Halmich took place in the arena in 2007 . In 2008 the first European Autoball Championship was held in the arena. In 2009, the German Ice Football Cup took place here for the first time , and in 2011 the Bundesvision Song Contest was held here. His live show Stefan Raab live! also took place in the Lanxess Arena in 2018.

The COLOR Cologne took place here as part of Cologne Pride . The final of the casting show Germanys Next Top Model by Heidi Klum has also taken place several times in the arena. In addition, the video days, which are arranged as part of the Gamescom games fair , have been taking place here since 2013 . Since 2015, with the ESL One Cologne 2015 a tournament in online - computer game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the Lanxess Arena discharged.


After the farewell event was celebrated on August 30, 1998 in the smaller and dilapidated Cologne sports hall , the KölnArena was a large and modern event hall, the official opening of which took place on October 17, 1998. As early as September 11, 1998, the Kölner Haie games took place in the arena; There were also concerts before the official opening.

The plans go back to 1988, when the construction companies Strabag and Philipp Holzmann submitted the construction plans for a large event hall with up to 45,000 seats with competing designs. The majority of the Cologne City Council decided on August 22, 1989 in favor of the so-called “Europalast” proposed by Strabag, which was also favored by the then City Director Kurt Rossa . A 72,500 m² area belonging to the city next to the exhibition center in the Deutz district was found to be the location on the right bank of the Rhine . Rossa ended his activity in September 1989, his successor in October 1989 was Lothar Ruschmeier, the previous Cologne sports director . A Cologne bank consortium led by WestLB was supposed to provide bank loans to finance the construction costs. After examining similar arenas, the consortium was not in a position to do this, particularly because of the capacity utilization problems, and rejected loan financing as it was fraught with risk.

However, the publisher Alfred Neven DuMont and the banker Alfred Freiherr von Oppenheim were interested in a financial share . The latter had a meeting with the building contractor Josef Esch arranged on September 23, 1993 through co-partner Matthias Graf von Krockow . On October 1, 1993, Esch was able to set up his first fund for an office complex in Düsseldorf-Grafenberg. Afterwards, Ruschmeier held confidential talks with Josef Esch in a Cologne hotel about the financing of an alternative “ open-air arena”. Through Oppenheim-Esch-Holding , founded in 1992, the individual closed Esch real estate funds were subsidiaries of the Cologne bank Sal. Oppenheim . The bank acquired a limited number of investors for a specific construction project from its clientele and other personalities from the Rhenish millionaire nobility. The decisive factor for the breakthrough of this arena project was probably that Ruschmeier was able to convince the Cologne SPD parliamentary group of Holzmann's smaller arena project instead of the decided “Europalast” and at the same time Baron von Oppenheim and Neven DuMont expressed their previous preference for the “Europalast” " tasks.

The city sold its property in Deutz to the property fund at a price of DM 37 million, although the value of the property had been assessed by the municipality at DM 83 million - a price reduction of DM 46 million. Doubts caused the realization of the project to be delayed until 1996, because the construction of a mere event hall might not be economically viable later; therefore it was decided that the hall should have a perimeter development. Since tenants could not be found in sufficient numbers for this, the city council decided that part of the city administration should move into these buildings. The initiators of the Esch Fund were able to raise the estimated 900 million DM (300 million for the arena, 600 million for the city hall) for the overall project “Kölnarena” plus the outer shell (town hall, parking garage) from a total of 77 investors. Each of them - as a limited partner in the Cologne-Deutz Arena real estate fund - paid an average of DM 15 million in equity , Alfred Freiherr von Oppenheim is the largest limited partner with 20%. They were promised an annual profit distribution of 4% through January 31, 2028. In addition to Alfred Neven DuMont and Alfred Freiherr von Oppenheim, the draftsmen included Otto Wolff von Amerongen , the Zanders family of paper manufacturers , the Neuss Wehrhahn family and Henry Maske .

In 2000, the "Kölnarena 2" was opened, which is also part of the peripheral development and in which the Kölner Haie have had their training and administration center since then . The arena is operated by ARENA Management GmbH, a former Holzmann subsidiary, whose managing directors were initially Ralf Bernd Assenmacher and Götz Gessner. Assenmacher ended his activity on September 30, 2010, and was succeeded by Stefan Loch.

Since June 2, 2008, the arena has been called Lanxess Arena due to a contractually regulated cooperation between the operators of the Kölnarena and the specialty chemicals group Lanxess, initially for ten years and from 2017 to December 31, 2023 . In 2012 the operating company of the arena was taken over by CTS Eventim . The operating company's lease agreement with the owner runs until 2032.

At the carnival event 11th in the 11th - again and again kölsche songs on November 10th, 2012 the mark of 25 million visitors was exceeded. Since opening in 1998, there have been over 2,400 events in the arena. In 2014, the hall was Germany's most popular arena with almost 1.5 million visitors at 158 ​​events. It was ranked ninth worldwide.

On December 22nd, 2015, it was announced that Junson Capital Company Limited from Hong Kong had acquired the Lanxess-Arena with the training hall and the Mirae Asset Global Investments Group from South Korea had acquired the Technical Town Hall, another office building and a car park from the previous owner, Immobilienfonds Köln-Deutz Arena und Mantelbauebauung GbR.


Structural data

The Kölnarena 2: Training and administration center of the Kölner Haie
  • Start of construction: Groundbreaking ceremony: July 31, 1996
  • Construction time: 26 months
  • Investment amount: 300 million DM (about 153 million euros)
  • Total area over all levels: 83,700 m²
  • Base area: 16,800 m²
  • Length and width: 140 m long, 120 m wide
  • Total height with arch: 76 m
  • Interior height: 42 m (highest point)
  • Spectator seats: approx. 7,000 (lower tier), approx. 20,000 (maximum capacity)
  • Maximum action area: 52 × 84 m
  • Load capacity: 2,500 kg per m²
  • Dimensions of the stage: up to 50 × 40 m
  • Backstage area: 700 m²
  • Load capacity of the roof: up to 90 t


The arch, produced in Poland , is the widely visible support structure for the roof of the hall; it is accessible for maintenance purposes. At the height above the roof edge there is an entrance on both sides of the arch, also at the apex of the arch at a height of 76 m. A welded-in staircase in the arch enables passage.

The arch has the external dimensions of 3 m × 3 m and a development of 250 m. The short surface is 0.5 m wide. The bow consists of a total of 10 individual parts. The largest of these has a weight of approx. 90 t. During assembly, two parts on each side were delivered separately and welded on site. During the assembly, the respective ends on the north and south sides of the arena were supported on appropriate hydraulic concrete platforms.

The suspensions from the arch to the roof have an outer diameter of 220 mm and a wall thickness of 18 to 30 mm. The first hanger on the south side of the Lanxess Arena can withstand a load of up to 360 t. In the event of thunderstorms, there was a high risk that the hangers could unleash themselves, lurch and cause considerable damage. For this reason, a wire rope made of stainless steel with a diameter of 6 mm was tensioned in the lower third of the hanger . The bottom bearings of the arch on the north and south sides are made so that the arch can move freely in all directions. These bearings can take a maximum load of 2,500 t.

top, roof

Ribs are worked into the outer shell of the roof to ensure that rainwater drains evenly and slowly into the gutter. This prevents the rain gutter from filling unevenly and / or from overflowing due to the roof slope. The incorporated rain gutter, which cannot be seen from below, is located in the edge area and is completely covered by the cladding. The rain gutter has the internal dimensions W × H 1.5 × 1.8 m and each of the 24 components weighs approx. 7 t. Due to the roof slope from the south to the north side with a height difference of 12 m, steps were built into the gutter to calm the water in its river. On the north side, the water falls through two passages into a catch basin in order to calm it down again before it is drained into the canal system.


The acoustics in the Lanxess Arena are difficult due to the structural features. It caused great problems for many bands, especially in the early days, as it turned out to be almost impossible for the sound engineers to assess the empty hall (without spectators) in the soundcheck. The large glass surfaces of the VIP lounges, which are arranged like a band halfway up the spectator tiers along the arena, cause particular problems. Reflections on these glass surfaces plus reflected sound from the vaulted ceiling make sound reinforcement, even when the hall is full, an audio challenge that cannot be mastered without complex digital corrective measures. However, with appropriately adapted sound technology, at least at classical concerts, a satisfactory sound is possible.

Problems continue to arise at rock and pop concerts at higher levels. The Prince's concert on July 27, 2011 had to be interrupted for about an hour after it had started because it was not possible to integrate the artist's stage PA into the sound system of the Lanxess-Arena. Paul McCartney's only concert in Germany on December 1, 2011 suffered from serious sound problems, as did the Beyoncé concert on March 15, 2014.

Transport links

The Lanxess Arena is directly connected to several main traffic axes, including the eastern feeder as an extension of the A559, which ends just 400 meters from the arena, and has a connected car park with around 1,750 parking spaces. An underground car park with around 630 and a parking lot with around 300 spaces in the area of ​​Arena 2 complete the offer. The connection to the public transport network of the Cologne tram is via the two stops Bf Messe / Deutz west and Deutz Technical University east of the arena. The KVB bus lines stop in the immediate vicinity. The Cologne Messe / Deutz train station with the S-Bahn stop as well as regional and long-distance traffic connections can be reached directly via a pedestrian bridge.


In addition to the Lanxess Arena, two administration buildings were built on the site. According to press reports, these are rented to the city of Cologne at overpriced rents and with incorrect information about the floor space. The former City Director Lothar Ruschmeier (SPD) responsible for this process was, together with Josef Esch and Matthias Graf von Krockow, managing directors of Oppenheim-Esch-Holding GbR, which launched the Cologne-Deutz Arena real estate fund.


  • The Kölnarena - impressions of its creation by Dorothea Heiermann (photos) and Hildegard Josten (text), ISBN 3-933468-41-8 . Published by: Kölnarena, October 1998

Web links

Commons : Lanxess Arena  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. adjourned championship decision - Sharks lose fourth final game in the Cologne Arena with 1: 3 of 19 April 2002
  2. audience capacity
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  4. EHF report of April 21, 2015
  5. Indoor dispute in Cologne, ice hockey or handball? , at, accessed on March 29, 2016.
  6. Christiane Mitatselis: Lanxess-Arena free for Kölner Haie: handball players give in to indoor posse , in: , March 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Metallica smash more attendance records with WorldWired tour . In: IQ Magazine . November 9, 2017 ( [accessed May 22, 2018]).
  8. Dominic Röltgen: "Kölle singt": Björn Heuser ensures a record number of visitors in the Lanxess Arena. In: October 1, 2018, accessed May 8, 2019 .
  9. ESL One Cologne 2015 , accessed on March 15, 2015
  10. Erwin K. Scheuch / Ute Scheuch, The Kölner as such sometimes masters clinking to perfection , in: taz Cologne of August 29, 2002
  11. Werner Rügemer, KölnArena: A case for Commissioner Monti , in: Kölner Woche dated December 2, 1999 ( Memento of the original dated March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  12. LANXESS remains the namesake for Germany's largest multifunctional arena
  13. Kölnarena becomes Lanxess Arena, June 2, 2008
  14. Lanxess-Arena has new operator, August 10, 2012
  15. 25 millionth arena visitors received, November 12, 2012
  16. Cologne Arena with top placements in two rankings, March 18, 2015
  17. These are the investors behind the arena deal, December 22, 2015
  18., page no longer available , search in web archives: Wertvolles Henkelmännchen , accessed on October 26, 2008@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /
  19. Norbert Ommer - Press - Millennium start in the Kölnarena. In: Retrieved December 11, 2015 .
  20. giant glitch at Prince concert , of 28 July 2011
  21. Paul McCartney inspires 15,000 fans in Cologne Article dated December 2, 2011.
  22. Anna Jacobi: Concert in Cologne: Beyoncé geil, the sound is rather not so , in: Kölner Express , March 18, 2014.
  23. Manager Magazin , Sören Jensen: Sal. Oppenheim. The bricklayer and the bank ( Memento of August 14, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) ( PDF ( Memento of the original of March 20, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link accordingly Instructions and then remove this note. ), Manager magazin, September 2005, from August 26, 2005, page 32 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  24. ^ Hoppenstedt : Company database - large and medium-sized companies , excerpt on July 8, 2009