is a multi-functional arena
, named after the famous German boxer Max Schmeling
. Apart from the Velodrom
, it's one of Berlin's biggest sport places and holds from 8,861 people, up to 10,050 people. The opening ceremony happened on December 14, 1996 in the presence of Max Schmeling.
The Max-Schmeling-Halle is situated in the former border area of Berlin, near the Mauerpark and directly next to the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark
. It's situated at the Falkplatz, in the district Prenzlauer Berg (borough Pankow
Planned for the 2000 Summer Olympics
as a pure box gym, it was rebuilt (after the games were awarded to Sydney as the venue) to a multi-functional gym and is now primarily used for basketball
and team handball
and is the home arena of Alba Berlin
) Füchse Berlin
and the Berlin Mini Basketball Tournament (berliner-mini-turnier.de). World Wrestling Entertainment
was there twice, in April 2005 and 2006.
The arena also hosted the 1998 FIBA EuroStars