The Antwerps Sportpaleis (Antwerp's Sport Palace), also called Sportpaleis Antwerpen or simply the Sportpaleis, is an arena in Antwerp, Belgium.

It is a multipurpose hall where concerts, sporting events, festivals and fairs are organized. The arena was built for sport, especially track cycling, but there is now little sport there, an exception being the Diamond Games tennis. According to Billboard Magazine, the Sportpaleis is the second most visited event hall in the world, second only to Madison Square Garden. The Sportpaleis is known for performances by both Dutch-speaking and international artists. It also hosts the Nekka-Nacht, the Proximus Diamond Games tennis tournament for women and Pop Poll De Luxe, organised by the magazine HUMO. The main building is 88 metres wide and 132 metres long and has a roof spanning 11.600 m². Under the stands, there is a wooden cycling track 250 meters long and 8 meters wide. The arena is elliptical and has two floors. Next to the Sportpaleis is the Lotto Arena, a hall that can accommodate 5,000 spectators. Building started on 11 January 1932. On 11 September 1933, the building was completed, the largest indoor arena in Europe.

Some artists who have performed at the Sportpaleis are: Lady Gaga, Pink Floyd, Shakira, Usher, Rihanna, AC/DC, Britney Spears, P!nk, Kylie Minogue, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Muse(band), Beyoncé, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Scorpions, Spice Girls and The Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, Natalia amongst others. Milk Inc have performed there every year since 2006. 

The arena can hold 18,500 people. It has 13,500 seats in the stands and 1,780 square center (seats) and the capacity to house a standing audience of 5,000.

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Geographical coordinates 51.2311110, 4.4411110
Address 2170 Antwerp, Schijnpoortweg 129
Construction dates 1932 - 1933
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