Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
Festhalle Frankfurt, is a multi-purpose arena in Frankfurt, Germany. The centerpiece of the arena is the dome which, at its highest, reaches the height of 40 metres. The arena provides an open space of 5,646 square metres. The capacity of the arena ranges between 8,500 and 13,500.
The arena was opened in 1909, designed by architect Friedrich von Thiersch and was used for the Frankfurt fair. At the time of the completion, the Festhalle Frankfurt was the largest dome in Europe. In 1914, during the first World War, half of the banquet hall was turned into a camp for soldiers. During the November pogroms in 1938, hundreds of Jewish citizens of Frankfurt were transported to the Festhalle. From there, they were transported to Nazi concentration camps. Since 1991, a plaque displayed in the center of the dome, bears remembrance to the events that happened during WW2.
After the second World War, there were plans to demolish the building, but the citizens with Mayor Walter Kolb prevented this. Instead, repairs were enacted. In 1970, Led Zeppelin became the first major band to headline the Festhalle. During the 1980s, the arena was renovated with the installation of air conditioning and other modernizations. The hall is still serving as an exhibition hall and a concert venue. MTV Europe Music Awards were held in the venue in 2001 and 2012. In 2004, Rush recorded their R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour DVD in the venue.
- 2012-11-11 (MTV Europe Music Awards)
Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH
60327 Frankfurt am Main