Sustainable flagship venue : Bella Arena - Co...
Sustainable flagship venue

Bella Arena - Copenhagen's new multiarena

Phot: Bella Center Copenhagen

Bella Arena will be the name of Copenhagen's new Arena, which is built as an extension of the Bella Center Copenhagen, Scandinavia's largest congress, conference and exhibition center. With room for 7,000 seated guests in the new Arena, Copenhagen can host even larger international events in the future. A strong focus on sustainability throughout the construction process and an innovative partnership with Carlsberg gives Bella Arena a gold certification in sustainable construction.

Bellakvarter in Ørestad is already a magnet for international events with Bella Center Copenhagen and AC Hotel Bella Sky, now the area is being expanded with an arena with 14,000 flexible square meters, so that Bella Center can accommodate 30,000 simultaneous guests in the future.

“In order to attract the largest international congresses, Copenhagen has historically lacked two things: hotel capacity and a large column-free Arena, where the main speaker could speak to 7,000 participants at the same time. The hotels have been added over the last few years, and now we are adding the Arena which, together with the rest of Bella Center, raises the bar for which events we can draw to the capital ", said CEO of BC Hospitality Group, Christian Folden Lund.

He added: "We have focused on creating a flexible solution that expands what the entire Bella complex with congress center, hotel and arena can be used for, so that we are 100 percent ready, when the world reopens".  

Bella Arena - the new multi-functional arena at Bella Center Copenhagen

"The crisis has certainly shown that the capital needs tourists, both holidaymakers, business travelers and those who come to experience special events. Before the crisis, travelers generated a total turnover of over 50 billion DKK in the capital. So, we have to restore the capital's tourism. And we must do this through change, focus on sustainability and innovation. We have to create something new, because the competition is only getting tougher. Therefore, on behalf of the capital, I am happy that we can open Bella Arena, which together with Bella Center makes Bellakvarter a new international hub for business tourism and events,” says Mikkel Aarø-Hansen, CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen, the official touirism organisation of the capital region of Denmark.
„We must restart the experience economy in full force, and there will be a demand for large events.“
Mikkel Aarø-Hansen, CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen

He continues: “Copenhagen is a tourist city and an event city. This applies both to Copenhageners themselves and to the more than four million international tourists visiting the city every year. We must restart the experience economy in full force, and there will be a demand for large events. Of course, this requires that we have the right facilities here in the city. Therefore, the opening of Bella Arena and the potential we will have in Bellakvarter are crucial for the experience economy in the Copenhagen of the future.”

Sustainable construction gives green gold certification

Sustainability and accountability are considered in all parts of the Bella Center and associated hotels. Naturally, Bella Arena is created with the same focus on sustainability. Sustainable materials, energy efficiency and circularity have been key focus points, and this has led to Bella Arena achieving the international gold certification within sustainability from DGNB. In close partnership with BC Hospitality Group's new beverage supplier, Carlsberg, upcycled beer kegs have been used in the process. The upcycled kegs are used together with recycled wood from the original Bella Center at Bellahøj.

“The DGNB certification is proof that it is possible to think sustainability in large buildings. At the same time, the opening marks the start of a strategic partnership with Carlsberg, which has strengthened our focus on sustainability. Carlsberg is not only a supplier of beverages, but an overall sustainability partner with a focus on circularity. For the next many years, we will work together to make guests' experiences more sustainable,” said CEO, Christian Folden-Lund.