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The arena from outside
The location of the arena in Helsinki
|Location||Areenankuja 1, Helsinki, Finland|
|Owner||Arena Events Oy|
|Capacity||13,349 (Ice hockey)
12,000 - 15,000 (Concert)
3,000 - 5,000 (Theatre)
|Opened||April 19, 1997|
Hartwall Arena (previously known until 19 March 2014 as Hartwall Areena, 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.
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 11 April 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.
Total capacity in ice hockey games is 13,349 (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.
The arena is currently the biggest entertainment venue in the country, with many artists having performed at the arena, spanning a wide range of music genres.
|Year||Date||Nationality||Artists||Tours||Opening/Supporting Acts||Attendance||Box Office|
|1998||May 25 & 26||United Kingdom||Spice Girls||Spiceworld Tour|
|1999||November 21||United States||Cher||Believe Tour|
|2004||June 18||United States||Cher||The Farewell Tour|
|2008||March 14||Barbados||Rihanna||Good Girl Gone Bad Tour||Ciara
|June 9||Canada||Celine Dion||Taking Chances World Tour|
|2009||July 16||United States||Britney Spears||Circus Tour||Havana Brown|
|2010||October 13 & 14||United States||Lady Gaga||Monster Ball Tour|
|2011||October 14||United States||Britney Spears||Femme Fatale Tour|
|November 7||United States||Jennifer Lopez||Dance Again World Tour|
|2013||May 21||United States||Josh Groban||All That Echoes World Tour||N/A|
|July 28||Barbados||Rihanna||Diamonds World Tour|
|2014||November 10||United Kingdom||Elton John||Follow the Yellow Brick Road Tour|
|2016||September 26 & 27||Canada||Justin Bieber||Purpose World Tour|
Hartwall Arena is the home venue of the ice hockey team Jokerit.
The arena has also been used for Ice Hockey World Championships, World Figure Skating Championships, NHL Challenge, and World Cup of Hockey. In May 2011, 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 also co-hosted the 2013 IIHF World Championship with Ericsson Globe, but in 2013 all games after quarterfinals were played in Stockholm.
- Hartwall Arena Official website, in Finnish and English
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