FGB Arena welcomes first visitors
Abu Dhabi’s FGB Arena welcomed almost 4,000 visitors from 5-8 February as the capital’s newest venue played host to the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Cup. The four day event saw FGB Arena come alive for the first time as the Abu Dhabi community descended on the indoor venue designed for sport, entertainment, corporate and social events.
The Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Cup marked the first of a targeted 12 major events to be hosted at the arena across 2014 ranging from sports events to music concerts. Boasting a permanent sports floor, a flexible seating set up able to accommodate 3,400-6,000 spectators and built-in Business Club and Skyboxes, FGB Arena is set to become one of the UAE’s most popular venues. The arena also represents the new home of the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation as anchor tenant.
Rainer Schueler, General Manager – FGB Arena commented, “After only one year of construction, we were delighted to open our doors to our first visitors this weekend and are very happy with the results. The Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Cup marked the start of our operations and of our relationship with the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation. We had great feedback from our partners and the public, and we’re moving forward with ambitious plans to host a full calendar of events which will see FGB Arena become a hub for everyone in the local community from schools and sports clubs to music fans and businesses.”
The World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships is already confirmed to take place at FGB Arena in April.
His Excellency Abdulmunam Alhashmi, Cahriman, UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation added, “FGB Arena has proved the perfect new home for the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation not only as a state of the art training facility but also in providing a fantastic spectator experience for our events. This weekend was a great success with fans feeling closer to the action and soaking up the vibrant event atmosphere, and we are looking forward to welcoming the community back to FGB Arena in April for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships.”
FGB Arena is a new facility for sport, entertainment, corporate and social events located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi. Built with the needs of the community in mind, the 6,000 capacity indoor arena provides an event experience like no other, year round.
Designed based on a gap in the market for a mid-sized multi-purpose space, FGB Arena has a realistic capacity that will ensure it is used, and full, throughout the year. The arena has already secured long term partners in anchor tenant, the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation and naming rights partner, First Gulf Bank.
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