O2 World (stylised as O2 World) is a multi-use indoor arena, in the Friedrichshain neighborhood, of Berlin, that opened in September 2008. Developed by Anschutz Entertainment Group, it was named O2 World, when O2 Germany purchased the naming rights. With a capacity of 17,000 people, it is home to the Eisbären Berlin ice hockey club and the ALBA Berlin basketball team, and is used for other ice hockey, basketball and handball matches as well as concerts. The surrounding area will be filled with various entertainment venues including a cinema, a casino, a hotel and various bars and restaurants. The arena hosted the 2008-09 Euroleague Final four.
The LED construction grid on the facade of the arena will be equipped with more than 300,000 LED clusters on a 12 m (39 ft) high and approximately 120 m (390 ft) wide section of the semicircular 105° glass facade with a total area of more than 1,440 m2 (15,500 sq ft). Light pixels, consisting of two groups of 19 LEDs (colour palette: 16.7 million RGB colours) will be attached to the vertical bracing of the facade. The vertical distances are 0.20 m (7.9 in) and the horizontal distances between the axes are planned to be 0.90 m (2 ft 11 in).Notable events
The first band to play at the O2 World was Metallica on 12 September 2008.
The arena was also the home for the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Sting performed during his Symphonicities Tour on 21 September 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This show has been recorded for the Live album Sting Live in Berlin.
On February 21, 2009, Scorpions received Germany's ECHO Honorary Award for lifetime achievement at Berlin's O2 World.
The venue play host to one NHL Premiere game for the 2011–12 NHL season as the Los Angeles Kings will face the Buffalo Sabres on October 8.
The arena will also host the second stage of the 2011 Euro Beach Soccer League between July 8 - 10.
Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler will play the O2 during the dual European tour on October 29th 2011.