List of ice hockey arenas by capacity

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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]

Rank Arena Capacity
(Seating capacity only)
City Country Home Team(s) (League, Dates)
1 Bell Centre 21,273[1] Montreal Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens (1996-present)
2 Joe Louis Arena 20,066[2] Detroit United States United States Detroit Red Wings (1979-present)
3 United Center 19,717[3] Chicago United States United States Chicago Blackhawks (1995-present)
4 Wells Fargo Center 19,537[4] Philadelphia United States United States Philadelphia Flyers (1996-present)
5 Scotiabank Saddledome 19,289[5] Calgary Canada Canada Calgary Flames (1983-present), Calgary Hitmen (1995-present)
6 BB&T Center 19,250[6] Sunrise United States United States Florida Panthers (1998-present)
7 Tampa Bay Times Forum 19,204[7] Tampa United States United States Tampa Bay Lightning (1996-present)
8 Canadian Tire Centre 19,153[8] Ottawa Canada Canada Ottawa Senators (1996-present)
9 Scottrade Center 19,150[9] St. Louis United States United States St. Louis Blues (1994-present)
10 First Niagara Center 19,070[10] Buffalo United States United States Buffalo Sabres (1996-present)
11 Rogers Arena 18,910[11] Vancouver Canada Canada Vancouver Canucks (1995-present)
12 Air Canada Centre 18,800[12] Toronto Canada Canada Toronto Maple Leafs (1999-present)
13 PNC Arena 18,680[13] Raleigh United States United States Carolina Hurricanes (1999-present)
14 American Airlines Center 18,532[14] Dallas United States United States Dallas Stars (2001-present)
15 Verizon Center 18,506[15] Washington United States United States Washington Capitals (1997-present)
16 Lanxess Arena 18,500[16] Cologne Germany Germany Cologne Sharks
17 Consol Energy Center 18,387[17] Pittsburgh United States United States Pittsburgh Penguins (2010-present)
18 Rose Garden 18,280[citation needed] Portland United States United States Portland Winterhawks
19 Madison Square Garden (IV) 18,200[18] New York City United States United States New York Rangers
20 Nationwide Arena 18,144[19] Columbus United States United States Columbus Blue Jackets
21 Staples Center 18,118[20] Los Angeles United States United States Los Angeles Kings
22 Xcel Energy Center 18,064[21] St. Paul United States United States Minnesota Wild
23 Pepsi Center 18,007[22] Denver United States United States Colorado Avalanche
24 Bradley Center 17,845[citation needed] Milwaukee United States United States Milwaukee Admirals
25 Toyota Center 17,800[citation needed] Houston United States United States Houston Aeros
26 Prudential Center 17,625[23] Newark United States United States New Jersey Devils
27 TD Garden 17,565[24] Boston United States United States Boston Bruins
28 SAP Center 17,562[25] San Jose United States United States San Jose Sharks
29 Times Union Center 17,500[citation needed] Albany United States United States Albany Devils (AHL) (2010–), Albany River Rats (AHL) (1993–2010), Albany Choppers (IHL) (1990–1991)
Value City Arena 17,500[26] Columbus United States United States Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey (NCAA)
31 FirstOntario Centre 17,383[citation needed] Hamilton Canada Canada Hamilton Bulldogs
32 O2 Arena 17,360[citation needed] Prague Czech Republic Czech Republic HC Slavia Praha
33 Honda Center 17,174[27] Anaheim United States United States Anaheim Ducks
34 PostFinance-Arena 17,131[citation needed] Bern Switzerland Switzerland SC Bern
35 Jobing.com Arena 17,125[28] Glendale United States United States Arizona Coyotes
36 Bridgestone Arena 17,113[29] Nashville United States United States Nashville Predators
37 BOK Center 17,096[30] Tulsa United States United States Tulsa Oilers
38 Rexall Place 16,839[5] Edmonton Canada Canada Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings, Edmonton Road Runners (AHL) (2004-2005)
39 Allstate Arena 16,692[citation needed] Rosemont United States United States Chicago Wolves
40 Pacific Coliseum 16,281 [31] Vancouver Canada Canada

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)

41 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 16,234 [32] Uniondale United States United States New York Islanders
42 CenturyLink Center Omaha 15,959[33] Omaha United States United States Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks men's ice hockey
43 XL Center 15,635[citation needed] Hartford United States United States New England Whalers (WHA) (1975–1978), Hartford Whalers (NHL) (1980–1997), Connecticut Whale (AHL) (1997-present)
44 Wells Fargo Arena 15,581[citation needed] Des Moines United States United States Iowa Chops(2005-2009), Iowa Wild (2013-present)
45 Colisée Pepsi 15,399[34] Quebec City Canada Canada Quebec Nordiques (WHA, NHL) (1972–1995), Quebec Remparts
46 Kohl Center 15,237[citation needed] Madison United States United States Wisconsin Badgers men and women (NCAA, 1998–present)
47 Credit Union Centre 15,159[citation needed] Saskatoon Canada Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL) (1988-present)
48 Minsk-Arena 15,086 Minsk  Belarus Dinamo Minsk (KHL) (2008-present)
49 Arena Zagreb 15,024[citation needed] Zagreb Croatia Croatia Medvescak Zagreb (KHL) (2013-present)
50 MTS Centre 15,004[35] Winnipeg Canada Canada Winnipeg Jets (NHL) (2011-present), Manitoba Moose (AHL) (2004–2011)

Defunct Arenas by capacity[edit]

Rank Arena Capacity City Country Home Team(s) (League, Dates)
1 Thunderdome >28,183[36][37] St. Petersburg United States United States Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) (1993–1996)
2 Greensboro Coliseum Complex 21,273[citation needed] Greensboro United States United States Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) (1997–1999), Carolina Monarchs (AHL) (1995–1997), Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL) (1989–1995), Greensboro Generals (EHL/SHL) (1959–1973)
3 The Palace 20,804[citation needed] Auburn Hills United States United States Detroit Vipers (IHL) (1994–2001)
4 Izod Center 19,040[citation needed] East Rutherford United States United States New Jersey Devils (NHL) (1982–2007)
5 Capital Centre 18,130[citation needed] Landover United States United States Washington Capitals (NHL) (1974–97)
6 Chesapeake Energy Arena 18,036[citation needed] Oklahoma City United States United States Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL) (2002–2009)
7 Kemper Arena 17,647[citation needed] Kansas City United States United States Kansas City Scouts (NHL) (1974–1976), Kansas City Blues (CHL) (1976–1977), Kansas City Blades (IHL) (1990–2001), Kansas City Outlaws (UHL) (2004–2005)
8 Philips Arena 17,624[citation needed] Atlanta United States United States Atlanta Thrashers (NHL, 1999–2011)
9 Manchester Arena 17,500[citation needed] Manchester United Kingdom United Kingdom Manchester Storm 1995–2002
10 Wachovia Spectrum 17,380[citation needed] Philadelphia United States United States Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) (1967–1996), Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) (1996–2009)
11 Chicago Stadium 17,317[citation needed] Chicago United States United States Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) (1929–1994)
12 Reunion Arena 17,001[citation needed] Dallas United States United States Dallas Stars (NHL) (1993–2001)
13 Verizon Arena 17,000[citation needed] North Little Rock United States United States Arkansas RiverBlades (ECHL) (1999–2003)
14 Civic Arena 16,958[citation needed] Pittsburgh United States United States Pittsburgh Hornets (AHL) (1961–1967); Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) (1967–2010)
15 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 16,433[citation needed] Buffalo United States United States Buffalo Bisons (AHL) (1940–1970), Buffalo Sabres (NHL) (1970–1996)
16 Montreal Forum 16,400[38] Montreal Canada Canada 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)
17 Maple Leaf Gardens 16,307[39] Toronto  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) (1931–1999), Toronto Marlboros (OHL) (1931–1989), Toronto Toros (WHA) (1974–1976)
18 US Airways Center 16,210[citation needed] Phoenix United States United States Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) (1996–2003), Phoenix RoadRunners (ECHL) (2005–2009)
19 McNichols Sports Arena 16,061[citation needed] Denver United States United States Colorado Rockies (NHL) (1976–1982), Colorado Flames (CHL) (1982–1984), Denver Grizzlies (IHL) (1994–1995), Colorado Avalanche (NHL) (1995–1999)
20 The Forum 16,005[citation needed] Inglewood United States United States Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1967–1999)
21 Amway Arena 15,948[citation needed] Orlando United States United States Orlando Solar Bears (IHL) (1995–2001),

Orlando Seals (ACHL/WHA2) (2002–2004)

22 Madison Square Garden (III) 15,925[citation needed] New York City United States United States New York Rangers (NHL) (1926–1968), New York Americans (1925–1942)
23 Winnipeg Arena 15,565[citation needed] Winnipeg  Canada 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)
24 Omni Coliseum 15,278[citation needed] Atlanta United States United States Atlanta Flames (NHL) (1972–1980), Atlanta Knights (IHL) (1992–1996)
25 London Arena 15,000 London  United Kingdom London Knights
Detroit Olympia 15,000[citation needed] Detroit United States United States Detroit Cougars/Falcons/Red Wings (NHL) (1927–1979)
Met Center 15,000[citation needed] Bloomington United States United States Minnesota North Stars (NHL) (1967–1993)

References[edit]

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  36. ^ 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.
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  38. ^ Total capacity of 17,959 with approximately 1,600 in standing room subtracted.
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