Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy

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The Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, often abbreviated as POPB or Bercy, is an indoor sports arena in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. The closest métro station is Bercy. The Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy opened in 1984. It was designed by a team of architects: Andrault-Parat, Prouvé, Guvan. It is the venue for the Paris Masters ATP Tour tennis tournament and for many sports: handball, basketball, boxing, gymnastics, track cycling, show jumping and more. The seating varies from 7,000 to 17,000, depending on the event. POPB hosted the European gymnastics championship in 2000, the 1991 and 1996 FIBA European Championships Final Fours and the European Basketball Championship in 1999 among others. The POPB has also staged WWE Raw on September 28, 2008, marking the first ever time WWE Television been taped in France. It also hosted the 2010 Euroleague Final Four. It also hosted the Paris-Bercy Elf Masters kart race for well known and high ranking professional racing drivers from 1993.

Notable concerts
The arena played host to Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! Benefit Concerts on September 4-5, 1988. The shows were headlined by Sting and Peter Gabriel and also featured Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour and Michel Jonasz. Sting performed during his Symphonicities Tour on September 30, 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Live DVD
The Cranberries' live DVD 'Beneath The Skin'; the Depeche Mode live record One Night in Paris released in 2001; Placebo's live DVD Soulmates Never Die (Live in Paris 2003) ; Lionel Richie's Live in Paris CD/DVD were filmed at the venue. Daft Punk also recorded their 2007 live album Alive 2007 at the arena. The best selling music DVD in France, Avant que l'ombre... àBercy by Mylène Farmer was also filmed at the venue. Madonna's concert video footage of her famous 1991 documentary Truth or Dare (aka In Bed With Madonna), chronicling her Blond Ambition Tour, was shot at this venue on July 3, 4 and 6, 1990. Fourteen years later, the concert video footage of Madonna's 2005 documentary about her Re-Invention Tour, I'm Going to Tell You a Secret, was also shot in the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, on September 4 and 5, 2004. Phil Collins's Final Fairwell Tour was live at the venue, so was his Live DVD in 2004. In March 2008, the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach performed Mahler's massive Eighth symphony at the venue. Together with four mixed choruses, five children choruses and eight soloists the masses involved excessed 1.000 participants in "The symphony of a Thousand".

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