A replica of Berlins Olympiastadion in front of the historic German parliament building is to give football fans the chance to watch the screenings of 2006 Football World Cup matches broadcast live in a stadium atmosphere. The 8,500-seater Adidas Arena, sponsored by the sportswear multinational, will be open from 8 June till the end of the tournament and will broadcast all the matches in the competition. A 1 admission fee will be charged. On non-match days the arena will host concerts by big name bands including the Black Eyed Peas and James Blunt. The World Cup kicks off on 9 June in Munich, with the first match played in Berlin on 13 June between Brazil and Croatia.
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