Record year for Konig-Pilsener-Arena
For just over a year, Henrik Häcker has led the Oberhausen multifunctional arena as General Manager and he can look back at a record breaking year.

Henrik Häcker, general manager of the König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany is also MD for SMG Entertainment Deutschland GmbH.

"König-Pilsener-Arena is one of the economically most successful arenas in the world. It`s time we thought outside the box and deployed our know how in other cities and regions as well," he said in an interview published on the arena`s website.

He confirmed that arena operator SMG was in talks with various multi-purpose arenas in Germany, some of them "completely new," adding that calls for tenders were pending.

Häcker said that König-Pilsener-Arena managed to break its own record for number of events hosted in one year by staging 94 events in 2018. "It`s safe to say that we were able to set an absolute record year for the location of Oberhausen. It will be hard to beat, but we`re doing our best," he said.

Artists that performed at the 12,718 capacity arena in 2018 include Rod Stewart on Jan. 27, who grossed $1,089,763 with 9,840 tickets sold, according to Pollstar`s box office data. The Kelly Family sold 9,583 tickets, grossing $623,859 on March 17. Harry Styles grossed $717,474 with 10,591 tickets sold for his March 24 show.

Helene Fischer played five shows at the arena, Feb. 20-25, selling 46,490 tickets in total for a gross of $4,564,527. Schlager is still going strong in Germany. "Das Große Schlagerfest" featuring various artists representing the genre sold 8,243 tickets on May 5, grossing $639,543.

Upcoming highlights include the revival of "The Dome" on Nov. 30, one of Germany`s most successful music shows broadcast on TV, which premiered in Oberhausen in 1997, as well as Elton John, who`ll stop at the arena during his mammoth farewell run, May 12, 2019.

According to Häcker, his team spent the summer grappling with people`s individual sense of security, investing in security personnel, video surveillance, entrance gates with metal detectors as well as bollards around the arena intended to stop heavy vehicles.

Häcker joined König-Pilsener-Arena last year from the exhibition center in Salzburg, Austria.