Sportpaleis Antwerpen
Antwerp Sportpaleis reopens on Saturday 18 September
Sportpaleis Antwerpen|
26 August 2021

After the three theaters of Sportpaleis Group, the first arena also opened its doors last weekend. The last Belgian shows of K3 with Klaasje took place in the Lotto Arena. The latest announced relaxations mean that the Sportpaleis, the largest and most well-known concert hall in the country, can again receive an audience at full capacity under a number of circumstances. It contributes to the undivided feeling of cautious optimism that lives within the Sportpaleis Group today.

“This new phase in the further relaxation of the corona measures is of enormous importance for our sector and for our halls,” says Jan Van Esbroeck, CEO Sportpaleis Group. “It gives us the perspective we've been asking for for months. This does not completely end the crisis situation, but it is an important step towards the recovery of our sector. We are extremely pleased that we can once again receive our audience at the Sportpaleis. The last event before the corona crisis was a Reverze party. It is therefore very symbolic that the first event after the crisis will again be a (postponed) Reverze party.”

Events can continue according to 2 scenarios

"There are two scenarios on the table for the events in our halls. Which scenario is applied is a decision that lies with the organizer," explains Jan Van Esbroeck. "The first scenario is that with classic corona measures, such as wearing a mouth mask and For these events, we apply the principle of 'social distance seating', which means that a seat is kept free between each reservation. This approach has been applied since July in the Proximus Pop-Up Arena, our theaters and also last weekend at the K3 shows in the Lotto Arena."

The second possible scenario grants visitors access to the hall thanks to the Covid Safe Ticket. “We successfully applied this scenario for the first time at André Hazes' concert in the Proximus Pop-Up Arena. Visitors who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks, have tested negative or have recently recovered from an infection and can demonstrate this via the CovidSafe app, will be given access to the event. The event itself can then take place without distancing rules or mouth masks. This approach allows an event to receive more visitors (e.g. because of standing places) and thus break even faster or even become profitable." It is the responsibility of the visitor to conform to these safe regulations. The Sportpaleis Group can does not provide a test facility in any of its rooms for logistical reasons.

What does this mean in concrete terms for visitors?

Once the event organizer or promoter has chosen their scenario, ticket buyers will be notified by email. “We communicate frequently with our visitors. In all cases, they will receive a clear email a few days before their visit with instructions for a safe course. We also communicate via our social media channels and websites. An extensive online Help Center is also available for those who have questions,” says Jan Van Esbroeck.

We are pleased to finally announce the next events for all the halls of the Sportpaleis Group.

Sportpaleis Antwerpen The first event in the Sportpaleis will take place using the Covid Safe Ticket. It concerns 'Reverze 2021, Wake of the Warrior' on Saturday 18 September. The same goes for 'Moose Bar XXL' which takes place on Saturday 25 September as well as for the concerts of Elton John which remain scheduled for Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October.

Lotto Arena 'Discobaar A Mother' is the first event in the Lotto Arena on Friday 17 September to take place with the Covid Safe Ticket. 'Love For Music LIVE' on Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26 also works under the Covid Safe Ticket scenario.

Vorst Nationaal No information is available for the time being about the conditions that will apply to The Bodyguard (25 September) and Christophe Maé (28 September). More news will follow later on the website of Forest National.

Trixxo Arena Hasselt Trixxo Arena has no events on the calendar in September. The Retro Kitsch Festival is the first event to take place on Saturday 9 October. In October, I Love The 90's and The Schlagerfestival (with Covid Safe Ticket) will also take place.

Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen The performances of the family musical Mamma Mia!, Peppa Pig Live! on September 18 and Will Tura on September 25 and October 1 will take place as planned with the classic corona measures.

Capitole Gent In September, all events in Capitole Gent will take place with the usual corona measures. Will Tura plays on Saturday 11 and Friday 17 September in Capitole Gent. Stand-up comedian Alex Agnew will be on stage on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 September. Nicholas (Saturday 25 September) and the family performance Rupsje Nooit Enough (Sunday 26 September) will also take place according to the normal corona measures.

Trixxo Theater Hasselt Here the planned performances of Mamma Mia! continue with the Covid Safe Ticket. 'An Evening with Alex Agnew' on September 21, 22 and 23 will take place with the classic corona measures. André Hazes Live in Hasselt on September 24 opts for the Covid Safe Ticket.

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