Bercy Arena – POPB
Bercy Arena (formerly known as Parc Omnisports de Paris Bercy or POPB) is a stadium located on the western side of the Parc de Bercy.
The public park is the second largest in Paris and replaces the former wine warehouses of the City of Paris.
Bercy Arena is a gigantic glass and metal pyramid covered with turf, and is therefore one of the most recognisable architectural structures in Paris.
In 1979 the City of Paris entrusted the architects Jean Prouvé, Andrault-Parat and Guvan with its design.
Construction work consequently began in 1981.
The mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac inaugurated the POPB on February 3, 1984.
Bercy Arena consists of a gigantic main hall and several secondary halls, among which an ice-skating rink (Patinoire Sonja Henie).
Bercy Arena – Architecture
This 55,000 m² impressive structure is fully adjustable.
Bercy Arena’s main ‘concert hall’ is therefore adaptable in order to cater to world tour concerts but also to all types of sport events, water sports included.
It can be adapted with a traditional stage (facing the public), or an American style centered stage.
Four pylons in the back of the stands, not in the stands, support the roof metal structure.
Each spectator has a perfect visibility, regardless of his place.
This 6400 m² impressive metal framework stands 24m above the ground.
An intricate network of advanced technical and technological features allow complex manipulations such as stage and concert hall transformations, sound, lighting and special effects.
It was the first arena in the world to have such advanced technological and technical equipment.
The first sporting event took place on the inauguration day; it was a cycling event dear to the French, Les Six Jours de Paris!
The heavy metal rock band Scorpions gave the first music concert on February 29, 1984!
Until 2015, Bercy Arena was the 4th largest arena in the world in terms of spectators.
It had a capacity of 3,500 to 17,000 seats and 18,000 standing places.
However, extensive revamping and modernisation increased its initial capacity to a staggering 20,300 seats!
Directions: 12th district – no8 Boulevard de Bercy
Metro: Bercy on Line 6
Coordinates: Lat 48.838538 – Long 2.378584