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This iconic clam-shaped arena was the centre piece of the Shanghai Expo, when it was known as the Shanghai World Expo Cultural Center. It was officially renamed the Mercedes-Benz Arena after a ten year sponsorship deal with the automobile company was signed in 2011, though it’s operated by the Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and Chinese Oriental Pearl Group (OPG) joint venture. The arena seats 18,000, with 82 luxury suites. Inside you’ll find a more intimate music venue, The Mixing Room, which has a capacity of 800.


According to AEG China President John Cappo, the arena is on a par with London’s O2 Arena and Los Angeles' Staples Center, making it a must-play venue for every artist that tours Asia. Recent headliners at the arena include The Rolling Stones, Adam Lambert, WWE and Iron Maiden. However, the arena has more to offer the public than simply being a performance venue. Inside there is also a public ice-skating rink and a 20,000 sqm shopping mall with restaurants and a six-screen cinema.


ADDRESS: 1200 Expo Avenue

TEL: 021 400 1816 688