Eighty years old, but more energetic than ever. As a music and events temple, the Antwerp Sportpaleis no longer needs an introduction. Since the takeover in 1997, the hall has experienced its second youth and has become the 'place to be' for anyone who wants to experience large-scale events without any worries.
Contemporary, trendsetting and full of dynamism. These are words that certainly apply to the Antwerp Sportpaleis. The event hall was brought into the 21st century with major construction activities. A major renovation inside, a new front building, the opening of the Hospitality Center as a permanent VIP reception area and in 2010 the conversion of the famous green roof into a blue-tinted energy roof gave the building a completely new look.
The hall was given a lot of attention because of the dynamism with which it became an established value in the event landscape in no time. The operators presented themselves as a reliable partner who thinks along with organizers and offers excellent service in all areas. An approach that pays off. Today the Antwerps Sportpaleis is a household name and the hall is in the news in a positive way far beyond the national borders. Pollstar, the world's largest source of international concert information, even named the Antwerp Sportpaleis as the third most popular concert arena in the world.
Every year, about 200 events take place in Sportpaleis and Lotto Arena, which are visited by more than 1,300,000 people.
Tachtig jaar oud, maar energieker dan ooit. Als muziek- en evenemententempel heeft het Antwerps Sportpaleis geen introductie meer nodig. Sinds de overname in 1997 beleeft de zaal haar tweede jeugd en werd zij de 'place to be' voor iedereen die onbezorgd grootschalige evenementen wil beleven.
Eigentijds, trendsettend en vol dynamiek. Het zijn woorden die beslist op het Antwerps Sportpaleis toepasbaar zijn. Met grootse bouwactiviteiten werd de evenementenhal de 21ste eeuw binnengeloodst. Een flinke opknapbeurt binnen, een nieuwe voorbouw, de opening van het Hospitality Center als permanente VIP-ontvangstruimte en in 2010 ook de ombouw van het bekende groene dak naar een blauwgetint energiedak gaven het gebouw een compleet nieuwe aanblik.
Aanzien kreeg de zaal vooral door de dynamiek waarmee zij in een mum van tijd een gevestigde waarde werd in het evenementenlandschap. De uitbaters wierpen zich op als een betrouwbare partner die met organisatoren meedenkt en op alle vlak een uitstekende service biedt. Een aanpak die loont. Vandaag is het Antwerps Sportpaleis een begrip en komt de zaal tot ver buiten de landsgrenzen op een positieve manier in het nieuws. Pollstar, 's werelds grootste bron voor internationale concertinformatie, riep het Antwerps Sportpaleis zelfs uit tot derde populairste concertarena ter wereld.
Jaarlijks vinden in Sportpaleis en Lotto Arena samen een 200-tal evenementen plaats, die door meer dan 1.300.000 personen worden bezocht.
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After the three theaters of Sportpaleis Group, the first arena also opened its doors last weekend. The last Belgian shows of K3 with Klaasje took place in the Lotto Arena. The latest announced relaxations mean that the Sportpaleis, the largest and most well-known concert hall in the country, can again receive an audience at full capacity under a number of ...
After the three theaters of Sportpaleis Group, the first arena also opened its doors last weekend. The last Belgian shows of K3 with Klaasje took place in the Lotto Arena. The latest announced relaxations mean that the Sportpaleis, the largest and most well-known concert hall in the country, can again receive an audience at full capacity under a number of circumstances. It contributes to the undivided feeling of cautious optimism that lives within the Sportpaleis Group today.
“This new phase in the further relaxation of the corona measures is of enormous importance for our sector and for our halls,” says Jan Van Esbroeck, CEO Sportpaleis Group. “It gives us the perspective we've been asking for for months. This does not completely end the crisis situation, but it is an important step towards the recovery of our sector. We are extremely pleased that we can once again receive our audience at the Sportpaleis. The last event before the corona crisis was a Reverze party. It is therefore very symbolic that the first event after the crisis will again be a (postponed) Reverze party.”
Events can continue according to 2 scenarios
"There are two scenarios on the table for the events in our halls. Which scenario is applied is a decision that lies with the organizer," explains Jan Van Esbroeck. "The first scenario is that with classic corona measures, such as wearing a mouth mask and For these events, we apply the principle of 'social distance seating', which means that a seat is kept free between each reservation. This approach has been applied since July in the Proximus Pop-Up Arena, our theaters and also last weekend at the K3 shows in the Lotto Arena."
The second possible scenario grants visitors access to the hall thanks to the Covid Safe Ticket. “We successfully applied this scenario for the first time at André Hazes' concert in the Proximus Pop-Up Arena. Visitors who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks, have tested negative or have recently recovered from an infection and can demonstrate this via the CovidSafe app, will be given access to the event. The event itself can then take place without distancing rules or mouth masks. This approach allows an event to receive more visitors (e.g. because of standing places) and thus break even faster or even become profitable." It is the responsibility of the visitor to conform to these safe regulations. The Sportpaleis Group can does not provide a test facility in any of its rooms for logistical reasons.
What does this mean in concrete terms for visitors?
Once the event organizer or promoter has chosen their scenario, ticket buyers will be notified by email. “We communicate frequently with our visitors. In all cases, they will receive a clear email a few days before their visit with instructions for a safe course. We also communicate via our social media channels and websites. An extensive online Help Center is also available for those who have questions,” says Jan Van Esbroeck.
We are pleased to finally announce the next events for all the halls of the Sportpaleis Group.
Sportpaleis Antwerpen The first event in the Sportpaleis will take place using the Covid Safe Ticket. It concerns 'Reverze 2021, Wake of the Warrior' on Saturday 18 September. The same goes for 'Moose Bar XXL' which takes place on Saturday 25 September as well as for the concerts of Elton John which remain scheduled for Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October.
Lotto Arena 'Discobaar A Mother' is the first event in the Lotto Arena on Friday 17 September to take place with the Covid Safe Ticket. 'Love For Music LIVE' on Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26 also works under the Covid Safe Ticket scenario.
Vorst Nationaal No information is available for the time being about the conditions that will apply to The Bodyguard (25 September) and Christophe Maé (28 September). More news will follow later on the website of Forest National.
Trixxo Arena Hasselt Trixxo Arena has no events on the calendar in September. The Retro Kitsch Festival is the first event to take place on Saturday 9 October. In October, I Love The 90's and The Schlagerfestival (with Covid Safe Ticket) will also take place.
Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen The performances of the family musical Mamma Mia!, Peppa Pig Live! on September 18 and Will Tura on September 25 and October 1 will take place as planned with the classic corona measures.
Capitole Gent In September, all events in Capitole Gent will take place with the usual corona measures. Will Tura plays on Saturday 11 and Friday 17 September in Capitole Gent. Stand-up comedian Alex Agnew will be on stage on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 September. Nicholas (Saturday 25 September) and the family performance Rupsje Nooit Enough (Sunday 26 September) will also take place according to the normal corona measures.
Trixxo Theater Hasselt Here the planned performances of Mamma Mia! continue with the Covid Safe Ticket. 'An Evening with Alex Agnew' on September 21, 22 and 23 will take place with the classic corona measures. André Hazes Live in Hasselt on September 24 opts for the Covid Safe Ticket.
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