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Hartwall Arena
Helsinki Areena, Helsingin Areena, Helsingforsarenan
Hartwall Arena logo.png
Hartwall Arena 2013-03-21 001.jpg
The arena at night (2013)
Former names Hartwall Areena (1997–2014)
Location Areenankuja 1, Helsinki, Finland
Coordinates 60°12′20.66″N 24°55′44.03″E / 60.2057389°N 24.9288972°E / 60.2057389; 24.9288972Coordinates: 60°12′20.66″N 24°55′44.03″E / 60.2057389°N 24.9288972°E / 60.2057389; 24.9288972
Owner Arena Events Oy
Capacity 14,000 (basketball)
13,349 (ice hockey)
12,000–15,000 (concerts)
3,000–5,000 (amphitheater)
Surface Versatile
Broke ground April 2, 1996
Opened April 19, 1997
Renovated 2015
Construction cost 300.000.000 mk
(50.000.000 €)
Architect SCI Architects
Project manager Harry Harkimo
Main contractors Skanska
Jokerit (1997–present)

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 multi-functional indoor arena located in Helsinki, Finland. Opened in 1997, the arena gets its name from its largest sponsor, the beverage company Hartwall, also based in Helsinki.


Hartwall Arena from inside during an ice hockey preseason game

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.

The arena is situated next to Pasila railway station, which is the second busiest railway station in Finland, 3.5 km north of Helsinki Central.

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.

Entertainment events[edit]

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.

The venue also hosted the first and so far the only Eurovision in Finland,after their win in 2006 in Athens,Greece,the Eurovision Song Contest 2007.


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.

One of the group stages of EuroBasket 2017, was also played at the Hartwall Arena.


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Preceded by
Helsingin jäähalli
Home arena

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Olympic Indoor Hall
Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by
Belgrade Arena