|Location||Areenankuja 1, Helsinki, Finland|
|Opened||April 19, 1997|
|Capacity||13,506 (Ice hockey)
12,000 - 15,000 (Concert)
3,000 - 5,000 (Theatre)
Hartwall Areena (often called Helsinki Areena, Helsingin Areena or Helsingforsarenan ('The Helsinki Arena') by the Finnish press) is a large multifunctional indoor arena located in Helsinki, Finland. The arena gets its name from its largest sponsor, the beverage company Hartwall, also based in Helsinki.
The idea of building the arena came from Harry "Hjallis" Harkimo in 1994. It was built to be ready for the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1997 and was delivered by the constructor on April 11, 1997. The building is elliptical, 153 metres long and 123 metres wide. 37 meters under ground there is a practice arena which is used by many hockey teams.
Total capacity in ice hockey games is 13,506 (all seats). The arena is convertible for various events. For sport events, the capacity is about 10,000, about 14,000 for basketball, for concerts about 13,000, and as an amphitheatre, 3,000-5,000. It is connected to a multi-storey carpark, which has a total capacity of 1,421 vehicles.
Hartwall Areena is the home venue of the ice hockey team Jokerit.
- Concerts: 50 Cent, AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Anastacia, Andrea Bocelli, Backstreet Boys, The Beach Boys, Black Sabbath, James Blunt, Sarah Brightman, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Michael Bublé, Cher, Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen, Phil Collins, Lana Del Rey, Depeche Mode, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Evanescence, John Fogerty, Genesis, Guns N' Roses, Whitney Houston, Billy Idol, Enrique Iglesias, Il Divo, Iron Maiden, Elton John, Tom Jones, Judas Priest, Justin Bieber, KISS, Lenny Kravitz, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Mastodon, Paul McCartney, Metallica, George Michael, Kylie Minogue, Muse, Nightwish, No Doubt, Ozzy Osbourne, Laura Pausini, Luciano Pavarotti, P. Diddy, P!nk, Prince, Pussycat Dolls, R.E.M., Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Rihanna, Rush, Shakira, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, Spice Girls, Gwen Stefani, Sting, Tina Turner, Shania Twain, Roger Waters, The Who, Robbie Williams, Yes and Neil Young, among others
- Sports: Ice Hockey World Championships, World Figure Skating Championships, 2002 Men's World Floorball Championships, Thunder Indoor Karting, World Cup of Hockey, NHL Challenge, Monster Jam, three visits by WWE in 2002, 2004 and 2005
- Theatre and shows: Riverdance, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Cats, Les Misérables, Saturday Night Fever, David Copperfield, Mamma Mia! -musical, Disney on Ice.
- Other events: Assembly demo party
- Trivia: Here on May 25 and 26, 1998 Geri Halliwell performed with the Spice Girls for the last time, until the 2007 reunion. Tarja Turunen also performed her last show as lead vocalist of symphonic heavy metal band Nightwish on October 21, 2005.
Hartwall Areena was the venue for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday 2007-05-10 Saturday 2007-05-12.
Hartwall Areena has been used on several occasions for NHL premiere games. The Carolina Hurricanes and the Minnesota Wild opened the 2010–11 NHL season season here between October 7–8, 2010, as part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Games. The venue once again played host to one NHL premiere game for the 2011–12 NHL season as the Anaheim Ducks faced the Buffalo Sabres on October 7, 2011. Before that match, Anaheim Ducks played a friendly match against Jokerit in the same arena on October 4, which ended 4-3 in the Ducks' favour on overtime.
During May 4–20 Hartwall Areena served as the main venue of the 2012 IIHF World Championship. It hosted all Group A games and quarterfinals, all semifinals and all medal games. Group B games and quarterfinals were hosted in Ericsson Globe, Stockholm. It will again co-host the 2013 IIHF World Championship with Ericsson Globe, but in 2013 all games after quarterfinals will be played in Stockholm.
- "Premiere 2011 teams, locations revealed". NHL.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
- Hartwall Areena Official website, in Finnish and English
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