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Metallica open Copenhagen Royal Arena

Live Nation’s new 16,000-capacity Royal Arena in Denmark was due to stage its first event on Friday night with rockers Metallica to play the first of four sold-out gigs.

The Royal Arena in Copenhagen is already sold out for further concerts featuring The Weeknd, Drake and Bruno Mars.

As well as concerts, the $200m (£161m/€188m) Royal Arena is also scheduled to stage the European Short Course Swimming Championships later this year, while it will co-host the 2018 World Ice Hockey Championship along with the Jyske Bank Boxen arena in Herning.

Construction work on the venue began in August 2013 and took three years to complete. Royal Arena will be operated by Live Nation through Danish Venue Enterprise.

“We have waited long for this moment, and it is with great joy and humility that we take over the building from the Arena CPHX,” said Dan Hammer, chief executive of Danish Venue Entreprise.

“It has been a fantastic arena which undoubtedly will soon make his appearance on the list of Europe’s most attractive venues in larger scale.”

Now that the arena has entered its operational stage, a new chairman and board have been appointed. Lars Liebst has been appointed chairman, while the board will consist of Jesper Loiborg, Bente Overgaard and Andreas Christensen.

“Royal Arena is now ready and is a great enrichment for the area and for the whole of Denmark. The beautiful design make a perfect setting for all the experiences that the next several years will wait for guests in the arena,” said Liebst.