The POPB Stadium Now AccorHotels Arena in Paris

The Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, referred to as just the POPB or the Bercy stadium, has changed to AccorHotels Arena in a 10 year naming rights deal, and located by the River Seine close to the Parc de Bercy, it is the largest indoor sports arena in France with versatility for many different sporting events along with concerts that are held throughout the year.

A bit of history

It was back at the start of the 1980s that the city of Paris first decided to have a sports palace that would be located along the River Seine on a large scale to hold major sporting events, but something that would stand out from other stadiums.

Spread over an area of around 55,000 metres squared on the Right bank of the River Seine in an area that was once famous for its wine houses, the architects chosen for the design concept were Michel Andrault and Pierre Parat
POPB AccorHotels Arena south entrance
Work started in 1981 and with a very unique and unusual design in a pyramid shape that has walls covered in a sloping lawn, along with a metal framed roof that was designed by Jean Prouve, which is supported by four enormous concrete columns, it took around three years to complete and finally open in 1984.

At the time of opening it was called Bercy Arena and with an original device for technical applications that was designed and realised for the first time in the world, it then changed its name to the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy stadium and could accommodate a wide variety of lighting effects, sound and special effects, whether it be for shows, concerts or various types of sporting events.

The flexible space of the main arena is suitable for most sports events and can even accommodate water sports, plus with a capacity of up to 17,000 spectators where there are no structural columns to obstruct visibility, this stadium in Paris has become a very popular venue for all types of events and was very technically advanced for its time.

However, times change and with new technologies available, the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, known as POPB for short went through a major overhaul in order to accommodate up to 20,000 spectators at any one time, along with yet another architecturally ambitious project that was fully realised by 2015.

Something that is very unusual in France, although is well known in the USA, is where a large company gets involved and secures a naming rights deal, which is exactly what happened with this Paris arena, which has been named the AccorHotels Arena POPB for the re-opening in November 2015.
The deal is actually for ten years where AccorHotels pay several million Euros each year to have the naming rights for the stadium, which can be extended for another ten years, and this concept of naming rights has also happened with other stadiums in France, such as the ones in Bordeaux and Nice.

About the AccorHotels Arena POPB

After the re-opening of this stadium, it means that even more people can enjoy the atmosphere of a concert, show or sporting event, which is home to the Paris Masters ATP Tour tennis tournament, and stages numerous other sporting events.

In fact, the AccorHotels Arena is classed as one of the best stadiums in the world and is on par with the O2 Arena in London, UK and the Madison Square Garden in New York, USA.

From handball to table tennis tournaments and basketball through to show jumping or martial arts, these are some of the events organised at this fully renovated stadium that has more space for spectators, VIPs and the performers or sports stars.
AccorHotels Arena POPB inside Parc de Bercy
POPB AccorHotels Arena architecture
In addition to these sporting events, you could take the opportunity to see concerts with performers such as Johnny Hallyday who has performed here no less than 70 times, and many others who have performed at this entertainment venue such as Alicia Keys, The Who, Fleetwood Mac.

Lady Gaga, Shakira Iron Maiden, Katy Perry and U2 are all live in 2018 along with many others, not forgetting numerous sports events like the WWE, FEI World Cup Finals in show jumping and dressage, the Harlem Globetrotters Paris Masters tennis and many more.

Yet the Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy stadium has played to host to numerous others stars that have performed here over the years including Madonna, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Celine Dion, Sting, Depeche Mode, etc along with other major sporting events such as gymnastics championships, boxing and many more for a varied programme that continues year after year.

You will find that there are no less than fourteen different outlets for fast food snacks, sandwiches and confectionary, along with drinks, beverages, ice creams, etc and the AccorHotels Arena also has a two-storey bar with a live music programme organised every week, plus an actual restaurant called The Showtime L'Equippe, which is a bistro style restaurant that has 130 seats and is also open to the public.

In addition to this, the construction of an esplanade with terraces creates a link between the Bercy area and the venue, that makes accessing the stadium far easier, plus there is a completely new lobby area of 2000 metres squared with large windows making it like a glass front and topped by a wave-shaped canopy, this opens on to the Rue de Bercy to provide an airy and bright space with better access.
AccorHotels Arena steel roof trusses of POPB

Access to the Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy stadium

For information and booking tickets you can do this well in advance via their dedicated website or through one of the official partners, but there are sometimes tickets available on the day approximately two hours prior, although, this is not a guarantee as many events are complete sell outs well before the day.

Plus being the largest inside arena in France there are many different access doors including the main entrance known as the Grand Hall entrance, which is located at ground level and also provides access to the disabled via an elevator, or lift, to other floors and areas of the stadium.

And on an average, doors open between one and a half hours and two hours before the event, just purely because of the amount of people it can accommodate, which allows for easier flow.

So, once inside, you will find that getting to your seat is actually quite straightforward as each access point is assigned a letter of the alphabet, such as the Balcon or Corbeille that are numbered between A and U.  Whereas the Orchestra Pit is numbered X to Z and is accessed via the Pit and Orchestra entrance in the direction of the Parc de Bercy.
POPB central stadium area inside AccorHotels Arena
Glass panels on AccorHotels Arena POPB
Now as we mentioned earlier, the Accor Hotels Arena, formerly the Palais Omniports Paris Bercy stadium, is located on the right bank of the River Seine in the 12th Arrondissement, and is situated at the edge of the Parc de Bercy, which is the contemporary park in Paris.

In fact, this park is also home to the restored wine warehouses called the Pavillons de Bercy with the Musee des Arts Forains fairground museum, the Cinematheque Francaise with its world renowned cinema museum and film archives, plus Bercy Village, which are just a few additional tourist attractions in Paris around the Bercy area you can discover while visiting this area.

And even though getting to the AccorHotels Arena POPB is relatively easy by car, parking spaces are limited and it is a requirement to book a space within the dedicated Arena car park at the time you book your tickets, although there are public car parks close by as well.  Just make sure you allow plenty of travel time due to the weight of traffic around the area.

However, utilising the public transport in Paris is the far easiest option and in fact, the Gare de Lyon train station is only around 900m away from the Bercy area, but if you are feeling energetic you could always walk along the River Seine to the park and this stadium.

When it comes to Metro stations, the closest to this stadium is the Bercy stop serving the lines 6 and 14, however, if you are travelling via the RER trains, then the nearest train station is located on the opposite bank of the River Seine called the Bibliotheque Francois-Mitterrand stop serving teh RER C Line.

Alternatively, the Bus lines  24, 64, 87, 109 and 111 along with the Noctilien Night Bus Service via lines N32, N35 and N130 will also get you to this park and the AccorHotels Arena POPB stadium.

Address and and contact details

AccorHotels Arena, 8 Boulevard de Bercy, 75012, Paris, Ile de France, France
GPS: 48.838666, 2.378516
Tel: 0033 1 75 44 04 00

Related information

How to get to Bercy Arena
Parc de Bercy
Parc de Bercy photos
History of Bercy area

Attractions in Parc de bercy

La Cinematheque Francaise
La Cinematheque Francaise photos
Musee de la Cinematheque
Les 400 Coups
Jardin Yitzhak Rabin
Jardin Yitzhak Rabin photos
Maison du Jardinage
Maison du Jardinage photos
Agence Parisienne du Climat
Agence Parisienne du Climat photos
Parc de Bercy Skate Park photos
History of Bercy area

Parc de Bercy statues

La Demeure X statue
Monegasque statue
African statue
Indian statue
German statue
Jean the Swiss statue
Kahina the Kabyle statue
Children of the World I
Children of the World II
Children of the World III

Attractions in Bercy area

Bercy Village
Bercy Village photos
Chai 33 Restaurant
Bercy Fete de la Music photos

Pavillons Bercy

Pavillons de Bercy
Musee des Arts Forains
Musee des Arts Forains history

Bercy bridges

Pont de Bercy
Pont de Bercy photos
Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir
Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir photos
Pont de Tolbiac
Pont de Tolbiac photos

Transport options

Paris Metro lines 1, 5, 6, 8, , 10, 14
Bus lines 24, 25, 29
Bus line 46
Bus line 57
Bus lines 61, 64, 64
Bus lines 71, 72, 77
Bus lines 87, 89
Bus line 91
Bus line 109
Bus line 111
Bus line 215
Bus line 325
Night bus lines N01, N02
Night bus lines N11, N16
Night bus lines N32, N33, N34, N35
Night bus lines N130, N131, N132, N133, N134
Night bus line N144
Train lines A, C, D, R

Attractions close by

Bibliotheque Francois-Mitterrand
Allee Arthur Rimbaud
Le Batofar night club
Bateau El Alamein cafe
La Dame de Canton Night Club
Nix Nox Barge
Le Petit Bain
Boeing Flight Simulator
Cite de la Mode et du Design
Le VIP Paris Dinner Cruises
Gare de Lyon