According to the Prague Convention Bureau, Bestsport -- operator of Prague's sports and entertainment venue, the O2 Arena -- will build a new multifunctional congress and cultural center adjacent to its existing facility.
Opened in 2004, the O2 Arena originally was supposed to have a smaller "training" arena next to it. That facility was never finished, however, and instead has been used as a storage area. That site will now become home to the new congress center. Dubbed O2 Universum, it will be connected to O2 Arena and will feature four floors totaling approximately 540,000 square feet. Scheduled to open in mid-2019, the venue will have 21 halls of different sizes, the largest of which will be able to accommodate up to 4,500 people.
"The planned completion of the O2 Universum multifunctional cultural and congress center is excellent news for Prague," said Roman Muška, managing director of the Prague Convention Bureau. "O2 Universum will increase the current capacity of the O2 Arena with congress facilities with the capacity of up to 10,000 people to a total of 28,000 persons. Starting mid-2019, the Czech metropolis will be able to welcome congresses and conferences with approximately 15,000 attendees, which has not yet been possible. Thanks to the location of O2 Universum, situated only 10 minutes from the city center and 30 minutes from Prague airport, delegates will be able to enjoy all the conveniences Prague offers… We look forward to introducing the new venue to prospective clients."
Added Bestsport Chairman and CEO Robert Schaffer, "O2 Universum will be the place for international congresses that has not existed in the Czech Republic before... The name 'universum' perfectly reflects the essence and main characteristics of the object -- we offer both clients and visitors universal space [that is] seemingly unlimited, compact, yet very extensive."