Jeunesse Arena

Jeunesse Arena is a successful venture for the management of sports venue legacies in Brazil

The multipurpose arena attracts national and international events to Rio de Janeiro

Built to host sporting competitions during the 2007 Pan American Games, Jeunesse Arena has become a reference in well-managed legacies in Brazil. For ten years, it has been hosting sporting, cultural, corporate and religious events of various sizes and shapes, becoming an important tool of attraction of national and international events to Rio de Janeiro.

Located in the Olympic Park, in Barra da Tijuca, the Jeunesse Arena is a world-class multipurpose venue. Its versatile arrangement with 360o retractable bleachers offers dozens of different layouts for events with audiences ranging from 300 to 18,000 people.

Its facilities meet all technical parameters and specifications required by the International Federations of Basketball, Gymnastics, Volleyball and Indoors Soccer. The Jeunesse Arena passed NBA's most stringent tests and met all technical criteria to receive, for three consecutive years, the pre-season games of the American Basketball League in Brazil.

It has hosted the most important international competitions ever held in Brazil, such as the 2007 Pan American Games, the World Judo Championship (2007), the Master Tennis Circuit (2009), the National Basketball League Championship (2010, 2013 and 2014), the World Military Games (2011), six editions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the Abu Dhabi World PRO Jiu-Jitsu 2016 and the Rio 2016 Olympics. In 2017, Jeunesse Arena was commissioned by Sesc RJ men's and women's volleyball teams to host their most important matches.

Designed just like the largest and most modern arenas in the world, the Jeunesse Arena is also a reference for major national and international concerts due to its sound quality, comfort for the audience, air conditioning, and the versatility it offers for different stage layouts and settings. Names like Paul McCartney, Roberto Carlos, Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé, Eric Clapton, Sade, Maroon 5, Jennifer Lopez, Ivete Sangalo, Guns n' Roses and Iron Maiden have performed there.

Since 2007, it has been managed by the multinational GL events ⚊ one of the world's biggest event organizers. In 2008, the company signed a naming rights agreement for Arena da Barra ⚊ as it was initially named ⚊ with HSBC Bank. That was the first sports arena in Brazil to have its naming rights sold. The venue was then named HSBC Arena. Once the agreement expired, the naming rights were sold to the American brand Jeunesse, which in January 2017 renamed the place Jeunesse Arena.


Jeunesse Arena is located in Barra da Tijuca and is easily accessible by car, taxi or public transport (by bus or BRT TransCarioca, connecting it to the Galeão International Airport) and is close to a wide range of hotels.


- Indoors - conditioned arena: central court with 2,400 m² and 4 levels of bleachers, with capacity for 14,000 people;
- Seminar room with capacity for 510 people (412 m²);
- 54 corporate boxes;
- Two lounges (440 m² each, with independent restrooms);
- Parking for 1,000 cars;
- Rooftop with 1,850 m² (independent restrooms and elevator);
- 28 support rooms (18 to 412 m2);
- 18 bars;
- 16 locker rooms and changing rooms;
- 48 restrooms;
- 10 stores;

About GL events

The French group GL events operates in more than 20 countries over the five countries, manages 40 venues, including convention centers and multipurpose arenas and has staged as many as 4,000 events. It grossed 953 million Euros in 2016 and currently employs more than 4,200 people. In 2006, the company landed in Brazil, where it has invested about BRL 1 billion.

In Brazil, the Group runs four lines of business: GL events Venues manages São Paulo Expo, Riocentro and Jeunesse Arena; GL Live designs, produces and stages events, including the provision and setup of overlay structures, setup of stands, rental of furniture and signage; Fagga l GL events Exhibitions has been in Brazil for over 50 years, promoting business and entertainment events for many different industries; and Grand Mercure Riocentro ⚊ the group's first hospitality investment.