Ostravar Aréna

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OSTRAVAR Aréna
OSTRAVAR Aréna
Location Ostrava, Czech Republic
Capacity 10,004[1]
Opened 1986
Tenants
HC Vítkovice

OSTRAVAR Aréna (previously ČEZ Aréna, due to sponsorship reasons) is an indoor arena used mainly for ice hockey matches, in Vítkovice, Ostrava, Czech Republic. It opened in 1986[2] and underwent a 23.3 million renovation in 2003–2004. The capacity of the arena is 9,779, plus 16 skyboxes, making it the fourth-largest hockey venue in the Czech Republic. The rink can be converted into seating for concerts, increasing the capacity to 12,500.

It is the home of ice hockey club HC Vítkovice. In November 2003, the arena was given the name ČEZ Aréna,[3] from July 2015 its name was Ostrava Aréna.[4] It was renamed to OSTRAVAR Aréna in 2016.[1]

In May 2011, Ostrava's Deputy Mayor for Investment, Jiří Srba, announced a plan to invest 10 million CZK in the stadium in the same year.[5]

Events[edit]

The arena has hosted numerous international sporting events in its history.

In ice hockey, it was the main venue for the 1994 World Junior Championships and the secondary venue for the 2004 World Championships. It is a candidate to co-host the 2015 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships with Prague's O2 Arena.[5]

Events in other sports include the 1986 FIVB Women's World Championship,[2] the 2005 UEFA Futsal Championship, group stage matches of the 2008 Men's World Floorball Championships. In 2010, the arena hosted the Table Tennis European Championships and the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women.[2] The Czech Republic Davis Cup team has also played at the arena.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ostrava: OSTRAVAR ARÉNA - owner's website" (in Czech). arena-vitkovice.cz. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ostrava: ČEZ Aréna slaví 25. narozeniny" (in Czech). parlamentnilisty.cz. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Extraligové haly: od paláců až po stodoly" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 27 November 2003. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  4. ^ http://ostrava.idnes.cz/ostrava-prisla-o-cez-arenu-z-nazvu-zmizelo-jmeno-letiteho-sponzora-1po-/ostrava-zpravy.aspx?c=A150708_154552_ostrava-zpravy_sme
  5. ^ a b "Vezme Plzeň Ostravě také mistrovství světa v hokeji?" (in Czech). denik.cz. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
Preceded by
PalaMaggiò
Caserta
UEFA Futsal Championship
Final Venue

2005
Succeeded by
Gondomar
Porto

Coordinates: 49°48′17″N 18°14′55″E / 49.80472°N 18.24861°E / 49.80472; 18.24861