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The Deutschlandhalle was an arena in the Westend neighbourhood of Berlin, Germany. It was inaugurated on 29 November 1935 by Adolf Hitler. The building was granted landmark status in 1995, but on December 3, 2011, the building was demolished.

Built primarily for the 1936 Summer Olympics, the Deutschlandhalle could hold up to 8,764 people. The Olympic boxing, weightlifting and wrestling competitions took place here. On 19 February 1938 test pilot Hanna Reitsch demonstrated the first indoor flight in the arena with a Focke-Wulf Fw 61 helicopter.

Heavily damaged by air raids in 1943, the Deutschlandhalle was rebuilt after World War II and since 1957 has served as a multi purpose arena and sports venue, in the last years primarily for ice hockey, but also for indoor soccer and again for boxing.

After the 1990 German reunification, the Deutschlandhalle lost its position as Berlin's primary arena, replaced by the newly erected Velodrom, Max-Schmeling-Halle and O2 World. After the building had to be closed for repairs several times in recent years, most recently in 2009, the Berlin Senate in May 2008 finally decided to demolish it and build a new ice arena on the site. Demolition began on December 3, 2011 with the explosive deconstruction of the roof.

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