The OWL ARENA is a multifunctional arena with closable roof accommodating 11.500 visitors, that was built in 1992 with the name "Gerry Weber Stadion". The design engineering which is unique in the whole of Europe allows it to convert the Stadium within 90 seconds into a venue independent of weather.
Seasonal highlight is the only German ATP lawn tennis tournament, the NOVENTI OPEN. Since its premiere in 1993, the Event evolved into one of the most successful ATP tournaments in Europe. TV audience rates and total numbers of viewers (over 100,000 spectators each year) remain unequalled in Germany. Further national and international sports events – Davis-Cup-home matches, handball major events, ice skating shows and the German Volleyball Cup finals– alternate with high-class concert events.
Over the past years Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Lionel Richie, Eros Ramazzotti, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Peter Maffay and Elton John and others performed here in front of an enthusiastic audience. In addition, the OWL ARENA is superbly suited for product presentations and company incentives. For example, vehicle presentations of the companies MAN and Volvo, and also the 100th anniversary of the Storck company have been held in the arena.
|Spectator capacity|| 11.500 seats (NOVENTI OPEN)|
10.500 seats (other sporting events, center stage)
Up to 9.000 visitors (Concerts with head stage)
|Roof construction||3.500 square meters textile Polyester fibre coated with PVC, consisting of 23 segments|
|Closable roof (two-piece)|| 50 x 35 meters (total dimensions)|
1,750 square meters inflated PE-film (two-layer)
Closing time: 88 seconds
|Interior dimensions|| 40 x 22 meters|
45 x 28 meters (2.40 meters above zero level, suited for Handball-/Basketball matches etc.)
|Ceiling height||17.60 meters or 20 meters, depending on the interior|
|Stage|| Bütec-stage system with variable fork roots|
Stage elements: 1 x 2 meters (150 pieces)
Height of stage: 1.00 meter to 1.60 meter
|Hanging possibilities in the stage area|| 2 cantilever arch frames with each 15 t trailing load (max.)|
Pre-Rigg hung underneath, 16 meters width and 19 meters depth with a trailing load of 20 t (max.)
|Heating||The heating system with infrared radiators allows year-round use of the Stadium|
|Parking lots||Up to 3.700 car parks|
|Local traffic||Stop „OWL-Arena (HalleWestf.)", RB 75 "Haller Willem"|
|Lawn||Is laid out about three weeks before beginning of the tournament NOVENTI OPEN in sizes of 1,0 x 2,0 meters palletts in the Centre Court. During the rest of the year the lawn is placed in direct proximity of the other practice fields and is cultivated like the other nine lawn courts.|