The Oslo Spektrum offers an indoor multi-purpose arena located in the central eastern part of the city of Oslo in Norway. The arena opened up in December of 1990. Norges Varemesse owns and operates the arena. The company also operates and owns the Lillestrom, which is the largest conference center in Norway.
Oslo Spektrum is most well-known for hosting major events including the Eurovision song contest and the Nobel Peace Prize concert. There are concerts held here of both national and international fame. Such names as Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Chris Brown, and Britney Spears have all performed at this venue.
The arena was a part of a redevelopment plan for the Gronland/Vaterland area, which was formerly industrial. LPO Arkitekkontor AS designed the plan and the exterior walls of the building are decorated with ceramic tiles. These tiles contain fragments of prints that were made by artist Rolf Nesch. Nesch passed away in the year 1975, but his living relatives gave permission for these to be used. The building was the winner of the City Council award for architectural achievement in 2004.
When the Oslo Spektrum was first opened it held 9700 people during concerts and 6500 for sporting events. It has been expanded several times. While the arena was considered a multipurpose arena, it was intended to be used primarily for hockey. However, the venue did not work out for the hockey teams and it had to come up with other sources to create income.
Oslo Spektrum Photo Gallery
Oslo Spektrum video guide
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