Michael Hapka joined AEG’s Berlin operation in 2012.

Mercedes-Benz Arena GM out as company restructures

Michael Hapka, vice president and managing director of Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, is leaving Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the arena.

Hapka spent more than eight years in his role, joining AEG in October 2012 as managing director of the 17,000-capacity arena in the German capital.

Ole Hertel will take over as general manager. Hertel worked as senior director of events and deputy general manager at Mercedes-Benz Arena and has been in charge of AEG’s events division in Berlin since 2008.

The move comes as AEG undergoes operational restructuring in light of the challenges posed to the live events industry by the coronavirus pandemic. AEG’s president and CEO, Dan Beckerman, informed employees of cost-reduction plans Monday.

“The Anschutz Entertainment Group would like to thank Michael Hapka for his long service with the company and outstanding leadership at the Mercedes-Benz Arena and the Verti Music Hall,” a 4,350-capacity venue near the arena that opened in October 2018, a company statement reads. The company provided no more details regarding the move.

Numbers reported to Pollstar show the arena averaging 8,874 tickets sold and a gross of $665,284. Concerts before the COVID-19 shutdown in March include James Blunt and André Rieu.