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Inside the O2 universum (image: Bestsport)

Giant events and MICE venue to open in Prague

Construction of Prague’s O2 universum, which will host events and congresses, has progressed to its final stage.

The construction of a huge new multifunctional cultural and congress centre in the Czech capital Prague, O2 universum, has advanced to its last stage.

Bestsport, which owns and operates the O2 arena, is building a complex on the arena’s southern side, with a construction budget of around 1.3 billion CZK (€50 million).

The rebuilding of the new multifunctional cultural and congress centre began in October 2017. In the first third of 2018, the demolition work of the original unfinished building took place.

After that, the overall construction was completed and now the final work is underway. The project is based on designs by the Czech company ATIP and the building is scheduled to be ready by summer 2019.

Exhibition space
The new complex, which is directly linked to the O2 arena, has four floors and a total area of almost 50,000 m2. The ‘small arena’ will have 21 halls of different sizes with a total capacity of 10,000 visitors.

The largest hall, with a capacity of up to 4,500 people, will be used as a space for organizing medium-sized concerts and sporting events, but on every floor of the complex there will be 13,000 m2 for exhibitions and commercial use.

“Overall, the construction of the new largest multifunctional congress and cultural centre of the Czech Republic continues according to schedule,” says Robert Schaffer, chief executive and chairman of board of Bestsport. “Currently, the walls of all the main halls are in place and the work continues with the distribution of all planned technologies, and [very soon] the front façade will be glazed.”

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