Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, also known as POPB or simply Bercy, is a multi-purpose indoor sports and concert arena, with a seating capacity of up to 17000 places. It has hosted famous concerts and all kinds of sport events. The glass and metal construction resembling a pyramid with walls covered with sloping lawn is a Parisian landmark.
POPB is the venue for the Paris Masters ATP Tour tennis tournament, as well as for many other sports: handball, basketball, boxing, gymnastics, track cycling, show jumping and many more. It has hosted, among others, the European gymnastics championship in 2000, the European Basketball Championship in 1999, the 2010 Euroleague Final Four, and since 1993 it has organised the Paris-Bercy Elf Masters kart race for well known and highly-ranked professional racing drivers. Except for important sports events, the venue has also hosted concerts of many famous musicians and bands, such as Sting, Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Cranberries, Madonna, Placebo, Phil Collins, Shakira and many others.
POPB was inspired by New York Madison Square Garden and designed by a team of three architects: Andrault-Parat, Prouvé and Guvan. They won a competition for an innovative project. Thanks to its design and modularity Paris-Bercy is a unique place, allowing for a range of technical applications for unlimited sound, lighting and special effects.