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Festhalle is a term used to describe a German arena
An arena is an enclosed area, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events. It is composed of a large open space surrounded on most or all sides by tiered seating for spectators. The key feature of an arena is that the event space is the...

 or community center. The root meaning of the name "Fest-halle" literally means Feast-Hall, but is best translated as Festival Hall or Civic Center. Festhalles can be found in many towns and cities in Germany, and range in size and use from small neighborhood activity centers, to large capacity stadiums able to seat thousands of spectators. Some of the best known Festhalle in Germany are as follows:
  • Berlin
    Berlin is the capital city of Germany and is one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.45 million people, Berlin is Germany's largest city. It is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union...

    • The Festhalle Plauen
    • Seating ~ 4,820
  • Stuttgart
    Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The sixth-largest city in Germany, Stuttgart has a population of 600,038 while the metropolitan area has a population of 5.3 million ....

    • Seating ~ 18,000
  • Dresden
    Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the Czech border. The Dresden conurbation is part of the Saxon Triangle metropolitan area....

    • Arena Dresden
    • Seating ~ 13,000
  • Frankfurt
    Frankfurt am Main , commonly known simply as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2010 population of 688,249. The urban area had an estimated population of 2,300,000 in 2010...

    • Festhalle Frankfurt
      Festhalle Frankfurt
      The Festhalle Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany in Frankfurt is a representative Built in 1907 and 1908 multi-purpose hall at the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre. The interior of about 40 metres high dome provides an area of 5646 square metres up to 4880 seats...

    • Seating ~ 15,179
  • Munich
    Munich The city's motto is "" . Before 2006, it was "Weltstadt mit Herz" . Its native name, , is derived from the Old High German Munichen, meaning "by the monks' place". The city's name derives from the monks of the Benedictine order who founded the city; hence the monk depicted on the city's coat...

    • The Löwenbräu-Festhalle
    • Seating ~ 5,700

Frankfurt Festhalle

The Festhalle in Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main , commonly known simply as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2010 population of 688,249. The urban area had an estimated population of 2,300,000 in 2010...

, Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

 is used primarily for indoor sports and music concerts. Frankfurt's Festhalle has a capacity of 15,179 people. On October 9, 2004 World Wrestling Entertainment
World Wrestling Entertainment
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 (WWE) hosted a live event in the Festhalle as a part of the "Live & Loaded" Tour. WWE is scheduled to come back to this German show venue on December 6, 2007 with a house show
House show
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 from their SmackDown! brand. Canadian prog-rock trio Rush
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 recorded their R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour DVD there on September 24, 2004.
In November 2008, British
United Kingdom
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 hard rock
Hard rock
Hard rock is a loosely defined genre of rock music which has its earliest roots in mid-1960s garage rock, blues rock and psychedelic rock...

 band Deep Purple
Deep Purple
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 had a concert in Festhalle during the band's 40 years anniversary tour
Deep Purple 40 Years Anniversary Tour
Deep Purple 40 Years Anniversary Tour was considered to be a concert tour of the British hard rock band Deep Purple in order to celebrate their 40 years' activiy in rock music...


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