The Echo Arena stands at the heart of the development of Kings Waterfront, an iconic cultural legacy of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.
The award-winning facilities sit alongside the Grade I listed Albert Dock complex and World Heritage Site on the eastern bank of the river Mersey, in the heart of Liverpool city centre.
The Echo Arena opened in January 2008 with the launch event for Liverpool: European Capital of Culture and has since played host to a string of international events, including the MTV Europe Music Awards, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Davis Cup tennis, the MOBO Awards and Channel 4’s primetime show Famous and fearless, plus concert performances from Elton John, Bob Dylan, Lady GaGa, Oasis and Beyoncé.
For the 2012 Liebherr Men’s World Cup, the 11,000 seat arena will be converted to a daily allocation of 3,635 seats (2,576 in the upper tier, 1059 in the lower tier) with 25 positions for disabled spectators.
The competition will start with two tables for spectators to watch on Friday and also Saturday’s morning and afternoon sessions. These matches will include the completion of the ICC group as well as the group stages for the main draw of the Men’s World Cup.
From Saturday evening, and throughout Sunday’s play, there will be just a solitary table with international court areas of 18.2m x 9.8m.
There will also be six tables in the Donic ‘come and try’ activity area for spectators and public alike to feel inspired by the matches on show and have a knock before, during or after the event.
Transport, hospitality and nurishment for the Echo Arena is covered with a raft of facilities for visitors, including 22 hospitality boxes, food and drink concessions, a 1600 space car park, bike racks and a drop-off point and is fully accessible for all of the table tennis patrons.