Quick, find Bratislava on a map … the Lakers and/or Kings may be forced to play there someday soon


There’s a new 12,500-seat Danube Arena in the Self Govering Region of Bratislava, and it has just signed a letter of intent with AEG Facilities to run it.

Or, had someone sign for it.

It did so, apparently, on Tuesday, and AEG is just getting around to announcing it because it just found more information at the Rand McNally store.

Start with Europe. Pinpoint Slovakia. Head toward Austria. Stop when you see Julie Andrews.

They’re going to have ice hockey, basketball, music concerts and other stuff they do in Bratislava at this place. The Backstreet Boys will appear there, “performing,” on Nov. 25. Not that we knew that offhand or anything (linked here).

The Phillip Anschultz-run AEG, which of course has Staples Center, Nokia Theatre and the Home Depot Center in Southern California, also has (believe it or not) Sprint Center (Kansas City), The Rose Garden (Portland), Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis), American Airlines Arena (Miami), AT&T Center (San Antonio), Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, N.C.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.) and Target Center (Minneapolis),

In Europe, it now has six facilities, adding to The O2 Arena (London), O2 World (Berlin), Color Line Arena (Hamburg), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Globe Arenas (Stockholm), Plus, there’s the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena (China), Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia) and the Qatar National Convention Centre (Doha, Qatar).

This Danube Arena (named after the nearby waterfare) has access to Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic.

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