Hartwall Areena

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Hartwall Arena
Hartwall Areena logo.svg
Hartwall arena.jpg
Location Areenankuja 1, Helsinki, Finland
Owner Gennady Timchenko
Arkady Rotenburg
Roman Rotenburg
Capacity 13,506 (Ice hockey)
12,000 - 15,000 (Concert)
3,000 - 5,000 (Theatre)
Opened April 19, 1997
Tenants
Jokerit (1997-)

Hartwall Arena (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.

Specifications[edit]

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.

The arena is situated next to Pasila railway station, which is the second busiest railway station in Finland, 3.5 km north of Helsinki Central.

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.

Events[edit]

Hartwall Arena from inside during an ice hockey preseason game

Hartwall Arena is the home venue of the ice hockey team Jokerit.

Past events:

Hartwall Arena during the 2002 Assembly demo party

Hartwall Arena was the venue for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday 2007-05-10 Saturday 2007-05-12.

Hartwall Arena 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.[1] 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.[2] 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 Arena 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wild To Open Next Season In Finland - Minnesota Wild - News". Wild.nhl.com. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Premiere 2011 teams, locations revealed". NHL.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 60°12′20.66″N 24°55′44.03″E / 60.2057389°N 24.9288972°E / 60.2057389; 24.9288972

Preceded by
Helsingin jäähalli
Jokerit
Home arena

1997–present
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
Olympic Indoor Hall
Athens
Eurovision Song Contest
Venue

2007
Succeeded by
Belgrade Arena
Belgrade