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Arena Market: Peru

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In the hierarchy of Latin American touring nations, Peru is a sturdy market, seldom missed off the schedule these days.

Progressive, with one of South America’s fastest-growing economies, Peru remains a middle-income country in which 20% of people live below the poverty line, but even without the infrastructural investment of cities in Brazil, Chile, or Colombia, the capital of Lima is one of the key spots on the continental touring scene.

Of the arenas in Lima, One Entertainment’s Arena 1 is the newest and slickest. A $6m (€5.9m) mobile geodesic structure on the Costa Verde of San Miguel, 20 minutes from Lima airport, the venue can take 15,000 spectators, with various configurations enabled by mobile bleachers and inspired, according to One Entertainment’s Ramón Larrea, by the travelling structure erected in Lima by Cirque du Soleil.

““There is no other initiative like this in Peru. The goal is that Arena 1 is the first effort of many to ensure that our country offers world-class spaces””

“There is no other initiative like this in Peru – a covered structure with a capacity of up to 16,000 people and a 20m by 20m stage,” Larrea told Peru’s Publimetro newspaper. “The goal is that Arena 1 is the first effort of many to ensure that our country offers world-class spaces.”

Lima’s other major option is the Arena Péru, an outdoor venue adjacent to the city’s Jockey Club with a capacity of up to 23,000, which boasts a busy run up to Christmas, with J Balvin, Tiago PZK, Avril Lavigne, Billy Idol, and numerous others.

The Anfiteatro de la Parque de la Exposición, located in the city-centre park of the same name, is a more intimate option, with the capacity to hold about 4,000 people. The Estadio Nacional, meanwhile, is where the big beasts rumble through Lima, with Coldplay, Bon Jovi, the Stones, Paul McCartney, Depeche Mode, Radiohead, and Roger Waters among the stadium’s past visitors.

Lima’s other major option is the Arena Péru, an outdoor venue adjacent to the city’s Jockey Club with a capacity of up to 23,000.

The biggest indoor arena in Peru, historically, was once the 20,000-capacity Coliseo Amauta to the west of Lima, built as a bullring in 1948 and roofed in 1968. It subsequently hosted concerts by Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Raffaella Carrà and others, before being abandoned for years and bought at auction in 2009 by the Agua Viva Christian Community, which renovated the space and now uses it as a remarkably spacious church.

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