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Arena Market: Slovakia

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Situated at the heart of Europe, Slovakia has great transport links to neighbouring countries such as Hungary, Austria, Poland, and Czechia.

The 10,200-capacity Ondrej Nepela Arena, named after the figure skater who won gold at the 1972 Winter Olympics, is located in the capital Bratislava and is the country’s oldest and largest arena. It’s a regular first port of call for artists touring in central Europe and has performances by Hans Zimmer and Bryan Adams this year.

Slovakia’s other major venue, Košice’s Steel Aréna, is located near the border with Hungary. Home of the local ice hockey team, HC Košice, the 8,373-capacity arena is the only multipurpose hall in the country.

It launched its own in-house promotions operation called Arena Promotion in 2012, which has organised shows by Sting and Eros Ramazzotti in the past. Additionally, the venue has a neighbouring hotel – Hotel Aréna – which features 60 beds in 25 rooms for artists and visitors alike and offers catering services for a variety of events.

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