History

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    Year 2015

    “Eirobasket 2015” was undeniably one of the biggest sport events in European basketball time in 2015, which will stay in the memories of basketball fans with a legendary meet between Latvian and Lithuanian basketball teams.

    Meanwhile music fans could enjoy not only the charismatic superstar Robbie Williams’s performance, but also Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli concerts.

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    Year 2014

    One of the biggest events in music in 2014 was the performance of industrial music pioneers “Nine Inch Nails” with possible the most spectacular light show ever seen. Arena Riga was selected as the band’s Europe concert tour opening place, so Trent Reznor with technical team came to Riga 2 weeks before concert to spend time in intensive rehearsals and preparation works.

    Year 2014 passes in a cultural theme in all of Riga, because Riga is the European Capital of Culture, and in its framework are held the World Choir Games, which gathers singers and their supporters from all around the world!

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    Year 2013

    For the first time in Riga, sport fans could see Davis Cup in tennis, where our best Latvian tennis player Ernest Gulbis also participated.

    Whereas the musical pleasures in 2013 in Arena Riga was provided by Eric Clapton and Lana Del Rey with lyrical, audience moving concerts.

    In 2013 Arena Riga was visited by Dahlelama WIV, and he presented an open lecture!

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    Year 2012

    Band “Rammstein” performed the most sold out concert in the history of Latvia! Also “Monster X” giant car show was held this year, which surprised the audience with breathtaking sights and drivers’ skills.

    Of course, other world class musicians continued to come to Arena Riga – Bryan Adams, Sting and previously in Latvia performed band “MUSE”.

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    Year 2011

    Year 2011 Arena Riga guests will remember with sonorous concert of Elton John, as well as world famous “Cirque Du Soleil” performance in Riga. The show was so much in demand that circus performers did the show four nights in a row! Whereas sport enthusiasts definitely enjoyed “FIBA U-19” World Championship in basketball for men, it gathered thousands of visitors.

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    Year 2010

    Four years after Arena Riga construction, concert and entertainment event visits are becoming more common between Latvian public, because every week Arena Riga is visited by world class guests. Starting from legendary “Metallica”, to band “A-HA”, who despite the parting concert in 2010, came back to Arena Riga again in March 2016. At the end of the year our own beloved band “Prāta vētra” performed two concerts, gathering more than 23, 000 visitors.

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    Year 2009

    One of the most important sport events of 2009 in Latvia was the European championship in basketball for women, which took place in Arena Riga the whole June.

    Concert planners continued to please the public with unforgettable performances and legendary musicians, especially the heavy music fans with band “KoRn”, Marylin Manson, and band “Placebo”. Of course, concert planners didn’t forget about lyrical music, and on 2009 in Arena Riga performed one of the most romantic world’s musicians – Enrique Iglesias. Children enjoyed the ice show “Ice Age” and theatrical staging “Walk with Dinosaurs”.

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    Year 2008

    Concert of legendary band “KISS” was a proof that music unites – thousands of visitors from Latvia’s neighbour states came to the band’s only concert in Baltic states. Also the famous Kylie Minogue concert was all sold out, which gives hope to Austrian singer’s fans that the artist will return to Riga again. Arena was visited by rising stars of that time – American pop and R’n’B talent Rihanna, and Canadian music rebel Avril Lavigne.

    But sport fans were happy for the opportunity to see in presence the new and perspective hockey team’s Dinamo Rīga home games in the framework of Continental hockey league.

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    Year 2007

    Breathtaking light shows, musical pleasure and unending energy that charges the whole audience – on 2007 in Arena for the first time performed grand world level performers, band “MUSE”, as well as the great dance music event “Sensation White” was held, and show “Mamma Mia”.

    For the first time in Arena premises there were volleyball and moto-freestyle competitions, filling the hall with tons of sand.

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    Year 2006

    On 15 February 2006 Arena Riga was opened as a multi-functional hall and was ready not only to receive thousands of sport and concert fans, but also the most powerful sport teams in the world! In this year Arena welcomed more than 57, 000 hockey fans and accompanying staff, who came to World hockey championship, and also hosted more than 50 basketball games.

    Concert visitors were also pleased with world famous “Depeche Mode” performance and our own Latvian musician concerts; Arena also hosted NATO summit and private events of companies.

    Photo: Roman Koksarov