Mercedes-Benz Arena Shanghai – Features, Seating, Nearby Attractions

Located in the Shanghai World Expo Park, the Mercedes-Benz Arena/Cultural Center has an 18,000-seat main venue, as well as music clubs, cinemas, ice rinks, restaurants, and retail areas. The land area is nearly 80,000 square meters, the above-ground construction area is about 45,000 square meters, and the underground building is about 20,000 square meters.

The arena hosts regular NBA games, WWE wrestling events, concerts featuring local and international artists, and much more. For upcoming events on the main stage see their Facebook page.

Permanent Stores & Activities at Mercedes-Benz Arena

  • All Star Ice Skating Rink – The ice skating rink is suitable for beginners to experienced skaters visit (Chinese) – hours: 10:00-21:30
  • SFC Cinema – features 6 fully-digital video halls screening the latest movies
  • Caster Dance Studio – Caster is a training studio for some of the most talented and well-known dancers in China.
  • Rock Dancing – The Rock Dancing is one of the top indoor rock climbing centers in Shanghai.
  • Seven Autumn – Flower shop.
  • Winpics – foreign sports brands
  • TaxiWay Aviation Center – flight simulator experience
  • CINEXCINE – movies, art, games.

Restaurants at Mercedes-Benz Arena

  • Wandao Japenese Restaurant & Teppanyaki – 6F – Hours: 11:30-13:00 17:00-21:30
  • Yue Restaurant, Cantonese cuisine – 6F – Hours: 11:00-14:00 17:00-22:00
  • Pujiangyan – 6F – Hours: 11:00-22:00
  • Blissful Butterfly, Premium Shanghainese Cuisine – 6F – Hours: 09:30-22:00
  • Rakumachi, Japanese cuisine – 6F – Hours: 11:00-21:00
  • Starbucks – 1F – Hours: 09:30-21:00
  • The Habit Burger Grill – 1F – Hours: 11:00-21:00
  • I Juice – B1 – Hours: 10:00-22:00
  • Sagreen – B1 – Hours: 09:00-21:00

Top Hotel Picks Near Mercedes-Benz Arena

There is not a lot of hotels near the arena. Here are two recommended hotels that are a very short taxi ride away and also within walking distance.

  • Shanghai Pingmei Hotel – 6 mins by taxi from the Mercedes-Benz Arena and 20 mins by foot. It’s a modern semi-luxury hotel usually with quite good rates.
  • InterContinental Shanghai Expo – 5 mins by taxi from the Mercedes-Benz Arena and 25 mins by foot. The five-star hotel overlooks the beautiful Huangpu River.

Attractions Nearby Mercedes-Benz Arena

  • River Mall 世博源 – a large shopping mall on the old expo site. Lots of eateries and a few attractions. Open 10am-10pm.
  • China Art Palace 中华艺术宫 –  Former expo building now housing a gallery. Open 10:00-17:00
  • Mu Garden 亩中山水园 – It is a contemporary Chinese garden that reflects Chinese garden art.  Open 8:00-18:00
  • More about the Pudong area

Seating Layout

The arena can be set up in many configurations and you should enquire with the event organiser for seating and rates. Here is an example seating guide from an NBA event (prices in RMB).

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  • CN Name: 奔驰文化中心
  • EN Address: 1200 Shibo Da Dao, near Shangnan Lu
  • CN Address: 世博大道1200号, 近上南路
  • Getting There: take metro line 8 from China Art Museum station, and walk around 5 minutes

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