In 1997, the Max-Schmeling-Halle and the Velodrom in Prenzlauer Berg opened their doors for the first time, and have established themselves as event locations in Berlin ever since. Within the past decade and a half, a total of 1,800 events took place here, attracting about 1 million visitors every year.
Besides concerts and shows, mainly major sporting events take place in both locations. The two halls were originally built as part of Berlin's application for the 2000 Olympic Games. Today, the Max-Schmeling-Halle is home to not one but two successful national league teams: the handball team of Füchse Berlin and the current German national volleyball champions Berlin Recycling Volleys. Both teams see a strong connection between their own success stories and the home advantage which comes about because of the arena's bowl type atmosphere. The Velodrom, on the other hand, is the stage for the famous Berlin 6-day race. To date, 19 World Championships and five European Championships in many sports have taken place at the two venues.
Thanks to their functional flexibility and modern architecture, both halls can meet the needs of the most extraordinary event concepts. The unique selling point of the Velodrom is its futuristic design and its unsupported steel roof.
Events taking place in the Max-Schmeling-Halle also do their bit to save the environment, because due to sustainable management, the hall enables an environmentally friendly way of running events. In 2011, the hall by the Mauerpark was awarded the Green Globe certification for the second year in a row.