SNP dome – new venue

The large new sports hall in Heidelberg is called “SNP dome”.

  • As name giver and partner of the large sports hall, SNP is further expanding its long-term social commitment
  • The SNP dome will be inaugurated in spring 2020
  • Future venue for school sports, sports clubs and cultural events

Heidelberg, January 27, 2020 – SNP dome: the large new sports hall in Heidelberg, which will start operating this year. The software company SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner SE signed an agreement in mid-January on the naming and partnership rights of the sports hall for ten years. The venue offers space for around 5,000 spectators and is intended to be an important location in the Heidelberg area for sporting and cultural events. Among other things, the SNP dome will serve as a training and competition location for many sports clubs in Heidelberg and the surrounding area: For example, the basketball team MLP Academics Heidelberg will use it as their home arena and the handball team Rhein-Neckar Löwen as a second venue. School sports will also take place in the hall. With the namesake and partnership of the large sports hall, the global software company is further expanding its broad-based cultural and sporting commitment.

“SNP has had roots in Heidelberg since it was founded over 25 years ago. That is why social engagement was very important to us from the start”, says Dr. Andreas Schneider-Neureither, CEO of SNP. “I am particularly pleased that we can now help shape the sports and cultural landscape even more actively than before with the SNP dome. For SNP, this is an important and sensible step in the context of our long-term social commitment to promoting sport and culture.” “Popular and high-performance sport in Heidelberg has a new landmark: the SNP dome”, commented Eckart Würzner, Mayor of the City of Heidelberg. “I am delighted that the city has been able to win a global company based in Heidelberg as a name partner. Dr. Andreas Schneider-Neureither has long been active in promoting sports with SNP. I think it’s great that he’s now committed to sport in our city in this way. The software and IT company SNP, as the namesake, fits in perfectly with this location –because the SNP dome will be located in the Heidelberg Innovation Park (hip), where solutions for the digital future are being found.”

“With SNP, we have succeeded in winning a Heidelberg company as name sponsor for the large sports hall, which stands for the sporting values of performance, team spirit and fairness”, says Peter Bresinski, Managing Director of GGH and BSG. “Sport connects a lot of people –regardless of how old they are, what they do for a living or how much money they earn. The SNP dome offers excellent conditions for this, regardless of whether it is school, club or professional sport.” SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner SE has been promoting organizations and projects in the fields of art, culture, charitable causes and sport for many years. In its sports sponsorship, SNP focuses on supporting organizations that are characterized by innovative approaches and committed youth work.

Among other things, the company is a jersey sleeve sponsor of the Bundesliga first division club TSG Hoffenheim and a partner of the US golf professional and five-time PGA Tour winner Bryson DeChambeau.

Status of the construction work
Shortly before Christmas, the building was temporarily sealed from the outside in order to be able to continue with the interior work during the winter months. The building services are currently being installed and the preparatory work for laying the hall floor is in progress. The facade elements will be installed as soon as the weather permits. In the lower third of the building, floor-to-ceiling windows will provide a view into the interior of the large sports hall. In the upper area, gray panels will be attached as external cladding. In future, the name “SNP dome” will also appear here.

The entrance level of the new hall is about 1.50 meters above the surrounding area and is fully accessible via a spacious staircase with side ramps, as is the interior. Different levels separate the players and the visitors. In the spectator area there will be places for wheelchair users with companion places and seats for visitors with visual and hearing impairments with the appropriate technical equipment.
The needs and requirements of people with disabilities are extensively taken into account in the construction and equipment.

Energy Efficiency
The hall will be a highly energy-efficient building with an optimized insulation concept and an airtight construction with a ventilation system that includes heat recovery. A photovoltaic system on the roof will generate electricity for both the hall and the neighborhood, which is why it is integrated into the local power grid. The hall is connected to the district heating network and to the district cooling station in the neighboring parking garage, so that the playing field area or the hall interior can be cooled during Bundesliga games and major events.

Building company and operations
GGH and its subsidiary BSG, Bau- und Servicegesellschaft mbH, have been working on the preparations and planning of the construction of the new hall since the end of 2013. In 2016, the city council commissioned the BSG with the construction and operation of the large sports hall. For an initial period of 30 years, the city of Heidelberg will rent hall capacities for school and club sports according to needs, which will be continuously updated. In order to meet the needs of professional sport and culture, coordinated operating concepts will be developed. The BSG acts as a direct contractual partner with all those involved in the project and has its own employees for technical operation and management of the hall. The event area is managed by the Heidelberger Kultur- und Kongressgesellschaft mbH (HKK).

About SNP
With its own solutions, SNP SE supports organizations in adapting business models and taking advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalization. SNP’s software and services simplify business or technical changes in business applications and enable customers to implement them automatically. The unique BLUEFIELDTM approach and SNP’s world leading business transformation platform CrystalBridge represent the building blocks to set an industry standard for automated business transformations. Changes in IT systems are automatically analyzed, implemented and tracked with SNP. This offers clear quality advantages, while at the same time, significantly reducing the time, costs and risks involved in complex transformation projects while maintaining the highest compliance and security standards. The SNP Group employs around 1,300 people worldwide. The company, which has its headquarters in Heidelberg, achieved sales of around € 131 million in 2018 (fiscal year). SNP’s customers are global corporations from all industries. SNP was founded in 1994, went public in the year 2000, and has been listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN DE0007203705) since August 2014. The company has been operating as a European stock corporation (Societas Europaea/SE) since 2017.

About BSG:
Bau- und Servicegesellschaft mbH Heidelberg (BSG) is a subsidiary of GGH. It was founded in 2009 and provides construction and real estate-related services for the GGH, the city and their companies and foundations. This primarily includes social infrastructure projects, special real estate, and cultural and sports facilities.

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