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U Arena, known in its earlier planning and construction stages as, Arena 92 (stylized as Arena92), is a multi-use domed stadium that is located in Nanterre, which is a western suburb of Paris.[4] It is the first multi-use domed stadium that was built in Europe, after Telenor Arena. The venue was originally planned to have a retractable roof, but it was ultimately built with a fixed roof instead.

The venue offers three separate configurations. In its rugby configuration, it has a seating capacity of 32,000. For concerts, it is able to seat 40,000.[5] Finally, a movable stand allows it to also be used for a variety of indoor sports, at various capacities, with a capacity of as low as 5,000 being possible. The arena was built by the French rugby union club, Racing 92, and replaced their previous stadium, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir.

History

The U Arena was originally planned to open in 2014, but that date was delayed, due to local protests.[3] It eventually opened in October 2017, although Racing 92 did not play their first home game in the new stadium, until they hosted Toulouse, on 22 December 2017.[6] The stadium's working name, which is subject to change with future sponsorship agreements, was changed from "Arena92" to "U Arena"; referencing the configuration of the main stands, and the structure's shape, when viewed from the air, in November 2016.[7]

The Rolling Stones were the first band to ever perform a concert in the stadium, closing their Europe-only No Filter Tour, with three shows, on 19, 22, and 25 October 2017.[8] The arena's first rugby union match, took place on 25 November, 2017, between the French national rugby team and the Japanese national rugby team. It was the first ever match in the sport, between the two nations. On 11 March, 2018, the French professional basketball clubs Nanterre 92 and ASVEL Basket, played each other in a LNB Pro A 2017–18 season game. The game had an attendance of 15,220, which was the highest attendance of any game in the league's history.[9]

Entertainment events

Entertainment events at U Arena
Date Artist(s) Tour Supporting act(s) Attendance Box office
2017
19 October The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour Cage the Elephant 109,126 / 109,126 $18,529,324
22 October
25 October
2018
8 June Roger Waters Us + Them Tour N/A N/A
9 June
13 October Booba N/A

References

  1. ^ a b Escot, Richard (16 October 2017). "Le nouvel écrin du Racing 92, la U Arena, ouvre ses portes". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Moment historique ! La #UArena est officiellement inaugurée". Twitter. U Arena. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "L'Arena 92 sera livrée en septembre 2017". L'Équipe (in French). 2 May 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Top départ pour le grand stade de Nanterre". Leparisien.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  5. ^ Racing-Métro: La construction de l'Arena 92 enfin lancée (in French).
  6. ^ "R92 vs ST à la U Arena - La billetterie est ouverte !" [R92 vs. ST at U Arena - The ticket office is open!] (Press release) (in French). Racing 92. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Nanterre-La Défense : l'Arena 92 devient U Arena". Le Parisien (in French). 15 November 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "STONES – NO FILTER – EUROPEAN TOUR". Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  9. ^ 15.220 fans in the U Arena!

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Coordinates: 48°53′45″N 2°13′49″E / 48.895844°N 2.230203°E / 48.895844; 2.230203