SAP Arena

SAP Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Mannheim, Germany. It is primarily used for ice hockey and handball, and is the home arena of the Adler Mannheim ice hockey club and the Rhein-Neckar Löwen handball club. Inaugurated in 2005, the arena has a capacity of up to 15,000 people.[1] More than a hundred concerts and convention events are hosted at the arena annually. The SAP Arena is one of the largest in Germany and one of the most high-tech in Europe. The arena is named after its sponsor SAP.

SAP Arena
LocationMannheim, Germany
Coordinates49°27′50.9″N 8°31′04.7″E
OwnerDietmar Hopp
Capacity11,000–15,000 (concerts)
14,500 (handball)
13,900 (basketball)
13,600 (ice hockey)
Broke groundNovember, 2002
OpenedSeptember 2, 2005
Construction cost 70 million
ArchitectHentrich – Petschnigg & Partner KG[1]
Adler Mannheim (DEL) (2005–present)
Rhein-Neckar Löwen (HBL) (2005–present)

A tram line (number 6) connects the SAP Arena to Mannheim city center and a newly built road connection to the B 38a highway connects it to the A 656 Autobahn, leading to the A656/A 6 interchange, connecting eastbound Mannheim to Heidelberg (A656), and north-southbound to Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart (A6), as well as a little north on the A6 to Kaiserlautern (westbound).

In January 2018 the SAP Arena became the first multi-purpose arena in Germany that provides location-based services like indoor navigation and proximity marketing to its visitors. Therefore name sponsor SAP has had the arena equipped with 630 iBeacons by the German technology startup Favendo.[2]