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April 11, 2018

Prague to Get New Congress Center

Prague is set to get a new multifunction congress center. Betsport, which owns and operates the city’s O2 Arena, will construct the complex, with will be named the O2 Universum. Set to be built in the O2’s “small arena,” the estimated construction budget is about 1.2 billion CZK. 

In a written statement Betsport Chairman of the Board and CEO Robert Schaffer said that there had been space in the O2 building that was not being used efficiently. Additionally, there had been interest from promoters and event organizers who wanted to place events in the arena in a more appropriate space. 

The new center will be built in the space of the “small arena,” which was constructed at the same time as the O2 Arena, originally designated as the second area for the 2004 IHIF Ice Hockey World Championships. At the time of the O2 Arena’s construction, however, work on the “small arena” was stopped and the space was only used for storage. 

The new complex, which is directly linked to the O2 Arena from the south, has four floors and a total area of almost 50,000 square meters. The venue will have 21 halls of different sizes, with a total capacity of 10,000 visitors. The largest hall will have a capacity of up to 4,500 people, and will be used for medium-sized concerts and sporting events. On every floor of the complex, there will be 13,000 square meters for exhibitions and commercial use. 

Marek Chmatal, the business development director for corporate events and congresses, said the facility’s main goal is to attract congress events that have not been in Prague before, either because of the number of participants or requirements for exhibition area. The newly completed complex will also be able to link with the existing O2 Arena on all four planned floors, offering space for a total of up to 28,000 visitors. 

The O2 Universum will be designed by ATIP company and the O2 Arena. 

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