O2 Arena (Prague)
|Former names||Sazka Arena (2004 – March 2008)|
|Location||Ocelářská 460/2, 190 00 Prague 9 – Libeň, Czech Republic|
|Operator||BESTSPORT akciová společnost|
|Broke ground||September 2002|
|Opened||27 March 2004|
|Construction cost||8 billion CZK
€ 347 Million
|Architect||ATIP, a.s. – Vladimír Vokatý, Martin Vokatý, Jiří Vít|
|HC Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga) (2004–Present)
HC Kladno (Czech Extraliga) (3 games) (2012)
HC Lev Praha (KHL) (occasional games) (2012–2014)
Built in time for the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, O2 Arena is the home of HC Slavia Prague of the Czech Extraliga and part-time home of HC Lev Prague of the KHL. In the 2012-13 season, three Rytiři Kladno home games were also played there, one of which attracted an Extraliga-record crowd of 17,182.
Visitor record held by Madonna concert in 2006, which was attended by 18 628 spectators.
In October 2008, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning opened the 2008–09 NHL season at O2 Arena with two games. Two years later, the NHL returned, with the Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes playing twice.
In December 2008, the arena played host to the playoff matches of the 2008 Men's World Floorball Championships, including Finland's 7-6 victory over Sweden in the final.
The idea of building a new arena in Prague came on the heels of the "golden era" of Czech ice hockey: winning 3 gold medals in a row. The arena was proposed to be built in time to host the 2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, but due to unforeseen complications with the investors, the ice hockey governing body had to switch that tournament to Finland. The arena's main backer then became Sazka a.s., a Czech betting company.
The construction of the arena (which began in September 2002) was not without problems, but it was finally finished in time to host the 2004 tournament, the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.
In March 2008, the building was renamed O2 Arena.
- Number of floors: 6
- Floor space: 35,000 m²
- Capacity: up to 18,000 spectators (depends on event)
- Club and Luxury seats: 2,460
- Skyboxes: 66
- Party Boxes: 4
- Places in bars, restaurants and cafés: 2,900
- Parking: 280 places
- Population of its catchment area: 1.5 to 1.8 million people
- Final Four single seats sold out
- Sazka Arena – the most modern multipurpose arena in the world
- "Sazka sports arena opened amid bitter political dispute over money". radio.cz. 29 March 2004. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- Praha prijde o Sazka Arenu. Stane se z ni O2 Arena – Domaci – Hokej – Sportplus – Aktualne.cz
- http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/26/sazka-idUSLDE72P07H20110326 Czech lottery firm Sazka files for insolvency
- http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/ebc918b0-61ca-11e0-88f7-00144feab49a,dwp_uuid=e8477cc4-c820-11db-b0dc-000b5df10621.html Balls up: Czech lottery ruled insolvent
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|Events and tenants|
Zimní Stadion Eden
|HC Slavia Praha
2004 – present
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|IFF World Championships
|CEV Champions League
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