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The following is a
list of ice hockey arenas by capacity. Only those arenas that regularly host ice hockey games with paid admission (e.g. professional, major junior, or university) are included. Outdoor stadiums that have hosted occasional hockey games are not included. Buildings under construction are not included. Buildings which no longer host hockey matches are listed but not ranked, and the capacity for defunct buildings is the capacity at the time of closing, or last use for hockey, unless otherwise mentioned. Buildings are ranked by their current capacity for hockey games, not for other events, which is often substantially different because of ice hockey's unique playing surface, the ice rink. Capacities do not include standing room tickets. All arenas with a capacity of more than 15,000 are included.
The majority of these arenas are in Canada and the United States, with a small number in Europe; none are on any other continent. Most of the largest arenas are home to professional teams, mainly from the
National Hockey League (NHL). All thirty current NHL arenas are listed. None of teams in the top leagues in Finland ( SM-liiga) or Sweden ( Elitserien), and only one team each in the top league of Czech Republic ( Czech Extraliga), Germany ( Deutsche Eishockey Liga), Switzerland ( National League A) and the international Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Croatia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Finland and Russia), play in an arena with a capacity of 15,000 or larger and most play in arenas of less than 10,000, despite the reputation of these leagues as Europe's best, and the KHL's recent attempt to compete with the NHL for talent. More arenas in the junior Western Hockey League or minor-professional American Hockey League are in the above 15,000-seat class than in all of the European leagues combined. The sample of the best European venues can be identified by examining the host sites of the Ice Hockey World Championships.
Arenas by capacity [ edit ]
(Seating capacity only) City
Home Team(s) (League, Dates)
Bell Centre 21,273
Joe Louis Arena 20,066
Detroit Red Wings
United Center 19,717
Wells Fargo Center 19,537
Scotiabank Saddledome 19,289
Calgary Flames, Calgary Hitmen
BB&T Center 19,250
Tampa Bay Times Forum 19,204
Tampa Bay Lightning
Canadian Tire Centre 19,153
Scottrade Center 19,150
St. Louis Blues
First Niagara Center 19,070
Rogers Arena 18,910
Air Canada Centre 18,800
Toronto Maple Leafs
PNC Arena 18,680
American Airlines Center 18,532
Verizon Center 18,506
Lanxess Arena 18,500
Consol Energy Center 18,387
Rose Garden 18,280
Madison Square Garden (IV) 18,200
New York City
New York Rangers
Nationwide Arena 18,144
Columbus Blue Jackets
Staples Center 18,118
Los Angeles Kings
Xcel Energy Center 18,064
Pepsi Center 18,007
Bradley Center 17,845
Toyota Center 17,800
Prudential Center 17,625
New Jersey Devils
TD Garden 17,565
SAP Center 17,562
San Jose Sharks
Times Union Center 17,500
Albany Devils (AHL) (2010–), Albany River Rats (AHL) (1993–2010), Albany Choppers (IHL) (1990–1991)
Value City Arena 17,500
Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey (NCAA)
FirstOntario Centre 17,383
O2 Arena 17,360
HC Slavia Praha
Honda Center 17,174
Jobing.com Arena 17,125
Bridgestone Arena 17,113
BOK Center 17,096
Rexall Place 16,839
Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings, Edmonton Road Runners (AHL) (2004-2005)
Allstate Arena 16,692
Pacific Coliseum 16,281
Vancouver Canucks ( WHL) (1968–1970), Vancouver Canucks ( NHL) (1970–1995), Vancouver Nats ( WHL) (1971–1973), Vancouver Blazers ( WHA) (1973–1975), Vancouver Voodoo ( RHI) (1994–1995), Vancouver Giants ( WHL) (2001–Present)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 16,234
New York Islanders
CenturyLink Center Omaha 15,959
Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks men's ice hockey
XL Center 15,635
New England Whalers ( WHA) (1975–1978), Hartford Whalers ( NHL) (1980–1997), Connecticut Whale ( AHL) (1997-present)
Wells Fargo Arena 15,581
Iowa Chops(2005-2009), Iowa Wild (2013-present)
Colisée Pepsi 15,399
Quebec Nordiques (WHA, NHL) (1972–1995), Quebec Remparts
Kohl Center 15,237
United States Wisconsin Badgers
men and women (NCAA, 1998–present)
Credit Union Centre 15,159
Saskatoon Blades ( WHL) (1988-present)
Dinamo Minsk ( KHL) (2008-present)
Arena Zagreb 15,024
Medvescak Zagreb ( KHL) (2013-present)
MTS Centre 15,004
Winnipeg Jets ( NHL) (2011-present), Manitoba Moose ( AHL) (2004–2011)
Defunct Arenas by capacity [ edit ]
Home Team(s) (League, Dates)
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Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) (1993–1996)
Greensboro Coliseum Complex 21,273
Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) (1997–1999), Carolina Monarchs (AHL) (1995–1997), Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL) (1989–1995), Greensboro Generals (EHL/SHL) (1959–1973)
The Palace 20,804
Detroit Vipers (IHL) (1994–2001)
Izod Center 19,040
New Jersey Devils (NHL) (1982–2007)
Capital Centre 18,130
Washington Capitals (NHL) (1974–97)
Chesapeake Energy Arena 18,036
Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL) (2002–2009)
Kemper Arena 17,647
Kansas City Scouts (NHL) (1974–1976), Kansas City Blues (CHL) (1976–1977), Kansas City Blades (IHL) (1990–2001), Kansas City Outlaws (UHL) (2004–2005)
Philips Arena 17,624
Atlanta Thrashers (NHL, 1999–2011)
Manchester Arena 17,500
Manchester Storm 1995–2002
Wachovia Spectrum 17,380
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) (1967–1996), Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) (1996–2009)
Chicago Stadium 17,317
Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) (1929–1994)
Reunion Arena 17,001
United States Dallas Stars (NHL) (1993–2001)
Verizon Arena 17,000
North Little Rock
Arkansas RiverBlades (ECHL) (1999–2003)
Civic Arena 16,958
Pittsburgh Hornets (AHL) (1961–1967); Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) (1967–2010)
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 16,433
Buffalo Bisons (AHL) (1940–1970), Buffalo Sabres (NHL) (1970–1996)
Montreal Forum 16,400
Montreal Maroons (NHL) (1924–1938), Montreal Canadiens (NHL) (1926–1996), Montreal Junior Canadiens (QJHL, OHA) (1933–1972), Montreal Voyageurs (AHL) (1969–1971), Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge (QMJHL) (1972–1975), Montreal Juniors (QMJHL) (1975–1982)
Maple Leaf Gardens 16,307
Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) (1931–1999), Toronto Marlboros (OHL) (1931–1989), Toronto Toros (WHA) (1974–1976)
US Airways Center 16,210
Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) (1996–2003), Phoenix RoadRunners (ECHL) (2005–2009)
McNichols Sports Arena 16,061
Colorado Rockies (NHL) (1976–1982), Colorado Flames (CHL) (1982–1984), Denver Grizzlies (IHL) (1994–1995), Colorado Avalanche (NHL) (1995–1999)
The Forum 16,005
Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1967–1999)
Amway Arena 15,948
Orlando Solar Bears (IHL) (1995–2001),
Orlando Seals (ACHL/WHA2) (2002–2004)
Madison Square Garden (III) 15,925
New York City
New York Rangers (NHL) (1926–1968), New York Americans (1925–1942)
Winnipeg Arena 15,565
Winnipeg Warriors (WHL) (1955–1961), Winnipeg Jets/Clubs/Monarchs (WCHL) (1967–1977), Winnipeg Jets (WHA, NHL) (1972–1996), Winnipeg Warriors (WHL) (1980–1984), Manitoba Moose (IHL, AHL) (1996–2004)
Omni Coliseum 15,278
Atlanta Flames (NHL) (1972–1980), Atlanta Knights (IHL) (1992–1996)
London Arena 15,000
Detroit Olympia 15,000
Detroit Cougars/Falcons/Red Wings (NHL) (1927–1979)
Met Center 15,000
Minnesota North Stars (NHL) (1967–1993)
References [ edit ]
^ hockeyattendance.com - Montréal Canadiens 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ hockeyattendance.com - Detroit Red Wings 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ hockeyattendance.com - Chicago Blackhawks 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ hockeyattendance.com - Philadelphia Flyers 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ a b Barnes, Dan. "Alberta bid targets $18 million in profits", , August 28, 2008. Accessed September 22, 2008. "Rexall Place seats 16,839 and will host Team Canada's early-round games, while Pengrowth Saddledome, site of the medal round games, holds 19,289." The Vancouver Sun
^ "Facts and Figures" . Retrieved 2012-04-22.
^ "Tampa Bay Lightning owner: No immediate plans to seek renovation reimbursement"
^ Staff. "Senators owner Eugene Melnyk seeks MLS franchise for Ottawa", , September 16, 2008. Accessed September 25, 2008. "Although Ottawa suffered through a disappointing season on the ice last year, it remained one of the NHL's stronger teams in terms of attendance and regularly sold out its 19,153-seat building." The Canadian Press
^ Scottrade Center Facts, Scottrade Center. Accessed September 25, 2008. "The 664,000-square-foot (61,700 m 2) Scottrade Center seats 19,150 for hockey and nearly 22,000 for basketball, concerts and other floor-seating events."
^ Vogl, John. "Only single seats remain for Amerks' game in Buffalo on Friday as team will set franchise attendance record", , December 27, 2012. Accessed December 29, 2012. "The Sabres have added and reconfigured seats, primarily in the 200 Level, and will now host 19,070 fans. The number is symbolic of the team’s 1970 founding. Previous capacity was 18,690." The Buffalo News
^ hockeyattendance.com - Vancouver Canucks 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ hockeyattendance.com - Toronto Maple Leafs 2013-2014 Attendance
^ Alexander, Chip. "Pack lacks sellouts", , December 23, 2007. Accessed September 25, 2008. "The Hurricanes got an arena that holds 18,680 for hockey." The News & Observer
^ Center Venues, American Airlines Center. Accessed September 25, 2008. "Since opening in July 2001, the American Airlines Center has set a new standard for sports and entertainment and has become the premier venue of the South. Its grand complex with sweeping vistas and inviting passages comprise five concourses, 142 luxury suites and rooms for 20,000 fans or 18,532 hockey fans."
^ hockeyattendance.com - Washington Capitals 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ "Kölner Haie - Arena Fakten" . Retrieved 2010-01-06.
^ Anderson, Shelly. "Penguins add 300 seats at Consol Energy Center", , August 16, 2011. Accessed December 2, 2011. The Penguins have added 300 seats for games at Consol Energy Center, bringing the capacity to 18,387 for the second season at the arena. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
^ Guest Relations / FAQ, Madison Square Garden. Accessed September 20, 2008. "For basketball events in the Arena, the seating capacity is 19,763 and for hockey events in the Arena, the seating capacity is 18,200."
^ hockeyattendance.com - Columbus Blue Jackets 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ hockeyattendance.com - Los Angeles Kings 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ hockeyattendance.com - Minnesota Wild 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ "Pepsi Center: Arena Facts" . Retrieved 2008-11-23.
^ Marin, Eric (2007-10-23). "Prudential Center anchors Newark's vibrant core". New Jersey Devils' Official Website . Retrieved 2007-10-23.
^ hockeyattendance.com - Boston Bruins 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ hockeyattendance.com - San Jose Sharks 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ "Schottenstein Center :: Arena Information" . Retrieved 2013-08-21.
^ hockeyattendance.com - Anaheim Ducks 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ hockeyattendance.com - Arizona Coyotes 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ hockeyattendance.com - Nashville Predators 2013-2014 Attendance, Accessed March 23, 2014.
^ "Inside the BOK center" (PDF). Tulsa World . Retrieved 2008-08-30.
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^ "CenturyLink Center Omaha" . Retrieved 2013-08-21.
^ hockeyarenas.net - Colisée Pepsi
^ mtscentre.ca - Quick facts
^ This venue was constructed primarily for baseball, and has a much larger capacity than any hockey-specific arena ever built, but it was never filled to capacity in the three years ice hockey was played there. The record for a Stanley Cup playoff game — 28,183 — was set here on April 23, 1996, during a Tampa Bay Lightning - Philadelphia Flyers game.
^ Hackel, Stu (January 2, 2009). "The Morning Skate: Assessing the Winter Classic". The New York Times . Retrieved May 8, 2010.
^ Total capacity of 17,959 with approximately 1,600 in standing room subtracted.
^ Maple Leaf Gardens: Fifty Years Of History, Stan Obodiac, Van Nostrand Reinhold Ltd., 1981
See also [ edit ]