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 the teams in the top leagues in Finland (Liiga) or Sweden (SHL), 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, Slovakia, Finland and Russia), play in an arena with a capacity of 15,000 or larger. Despite the reputation of these leagues as Europe's best, most of their teams play in arenas of less than 10,000 capacity . 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 21,288[1] Montreal Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens (NHL) (1996–present)
2 Joe Louis Arena 20,027[2] Detroit  United States Detroit Red Wings (NHL) (1979–present)
3 United Center 19,700[3] Chicago  United States Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) (1995–present)
4 Wells Fargo Center 19,537[4] Philadelphia  United States Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) (1996–present)
5 Scotiabank Saddledome 19,289[5] Calgary Canada Canada Calgary Flames (NHL) (1983–present), Calgary Hitmen (WHL) (1995–present)
6 BB&T Center 19,250[6] Sunrise  United States Florida Panthers (NHL) (1998–present)
7 Amalie Arena 19,204[7] Tampa  United States Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) (1996–present)
8 Canadian Tire Centre 19,153[8] Ottawa Canada Canada Ottawa Senators (NHL) (1996–present)
9 Scottrade Center 19,150[9] St. Louis  United States St. Louis Blues (NHL) (1994–present)
10 KeyBank Center 19,070[10] Buffalo  United States Buffalo Sabres (NHL) (1996–present)
11 Rogers Arena 18,910[11] Vancouver Canada Canada Vancouver Canucks (NHL) (1995–present)
12 Air Canada Centre 18,800[12] Toronto Canada Canada Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) (1999–present)
13 PNC Arena 18,680[13] Raleigh  United States Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) (1999–present)
14 Rogers Place 18,641 Edmonton Canada Canada Edmonton Oilers (NHL) (2016–present), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) (2016–present)
15 American Airlines Center 18,532[14] Dallas  United States Dallas Stars (NHL) (2001–present)
16 Verizon Center 18,506[15] Washington  United States Washington Capitals (NHL) (1997–present)
17 Lanxess Arena 18,500[16] Cologne Germany Germany Kölner Haie (DEL) (1998–present)
18 PPG Paints Arena 18,387[17] Pittsburgh  United States Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) (2010–present)
19 The Moda Center 18,280[citation needed] Portland  United States Portland Winterhawks (WHL) (1995–present)
20 Videotron Centre 18,259[18] Quebec City Canada Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) (2015–present)
21 Staples Center 18,230[19] Los Angeles  United States Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1999–present)
22 Nationwide Arena 18,144[20] Columbus  United States Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) (2000–present)
23 Xcel Energy Center 18,064[21] St. Paul  United States Minnesota Wild (NHL) (2000–present)
24 Pepsi Center 18,007[22] Denver  United States Colorado Avalanche (NHL) (1999–present)
25 Madison Square Garden (IV) 18,006[23] New York City  United States New York Rangers (NHL) (1968–present)
26 BMO Harris Bradley Center 17,845[citation needed] Milwaukee  United States Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) (1988–present)
27 Toyota Center 17,800[citation needed] Houston  United States Houston Aeros (AHL) (2003–2013)
28 Prudential Center 16,514[24] Newark  United States New Jersey Devils (NHL) (2007–present)
29 TD Garden 17,565[25] Boston  United States Boston Bruins (NHL) (1995–present)
30 SAP Center at San Jose 17,562[26] San Jose  United States San Jose Sharks (NHL) (1993–present), San Jose Barracuda (AHL) (2015–present)
31 Value City Arena 17,500[27] Columbus  United States Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey (NCAA) (1998–present)
32 T-Mobile Arena 17,500[28] Las Vegas  United States Vegas Golden Knights (as of 2017)
33 FirstOntario Centre 17,383[citation needed] Hamilton Canada Canada Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) (1996–present)
34 O2 Arena 17,360[citation needed] Prague  Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha (Czech Extraliga) (2004–present)
35 Honda Center 17,174[29] Anaheim  United States Anaheim Ducks (NHL) (1993–present)
36 Gila River Arena 17,125[30] Glendale  United States Arizona Coyotes (NHL) (2003–present)
37 Bridgestone Arena 17,113[31] Nashville  United States Nashville Predators (NHL) (1998–present)
38 BOK Center 17,096[32] Tulsa  United States Tulsa Oilers (ECHL) (2008–present)
39 PostFinance-Arena 17,031[citation needed] Bern Switzerland Switzerland SC Bern (NLA) (1967–present)
40 Allstate Arena 16,692[citation needed] Rosemont  United States Chicago Wolves (AHL) (1994–present)
41 Pacific Coliseum 16,281[33] 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) (2001–2016)

42 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 16,234[34] Uniondale  United States New York Islanders (NHL) (1972–2015)
43 Barclays Center 15,813 Brooklyn  United States New York Islanders (NHL) (2015–present)
44 XL Center 15,635[citation needed] Hartford  United States New England Whalers (WHA) (1975–1978), Hartford Whalers (NHL) (1980–1997), Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) (1997–present)
45 Wells Fargo Arena 15,581[citation needed] Des Moines  United States Iowa Stars (AHL) (2005–2009), Iowa Chops (AHL) (2005–2009), Iowa Wild (AHL) (2013–present)
46 MTS Centre 15,294[35] Winnipeg Canada Canada Winnipeg Jets (NHL) (2011–present), Manitoba Moose (AHL) (2004–2011, 2015–present)
47 Kohl Center 15,237[36] Madison  United States Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey (NCAA) (1998–present)[37]
48 SaskTel Centre 15,195[citation needed] Saskatoon Canada Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL) (1988–present), Saskatchewan Rush (NLL) (2016–present)
49 Minsk-Arena 15,086 Minsk  Belarus Dinamo Minsk (KHL) (2008–present)
50 Arena Zagreb 15,024[citation needed] Zagreb Croatia Croatia Medvescak Zagreb (KHL) (2013–present)

Defunct arenas by seating[edit]

Rank Arena Capacity City Country Home Team(s) (League, Dates)
1 Thunderdome 28,183[38][39] St. Petersburg  United States Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) (1993–1996)
2 Greensboro Coliseum Complex 21,273[citation needed] Greensboro  United States Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) (1997–1999), Carolina Monarchs (AHL) (1995–1997), Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL) (1989–1995)
3 The Palace 20,804[citation needed] Auburn Hills  United States Detroit Vipers (IHL) (1994–2001)
4 Vélodrome d'hiver 20,000 Paris France France Club des Patineurs (Championnat de France) (1931–1937), Français Volants (Championnat de France) (1933–1938), Racing Club (Championnat de France) (1931–1933), Stade Français (Championnat de France) (1931–1937)
5 Izod Center 19,040[citation needed] East Rutherford  United States New Jersey Devils (NHL) (1982–2007)
6 Richfield Coliseum 18,544 Richfield, Ohio  United States Cleveland Crusaders (WHA) (1974–76), Cleveland Barons (NHL) (1976–78)
7 Capital Centre 18,130[citation needed] Landover  United States Washington Capitals (NHL) (1974–97)
8 Chesapeake Energy Arena 18,036[citation needed] Oklahoma City  United States Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL) (2002–2009)
9 Kemper Arena 17,647[citation needed] Kansas City  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)
10 Philips Arena 17,624[citation needed] Atlanta  United States Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) (1999–2011)
11 Manchester Arena 17,500[citation needed] Manchester United Kingdom United Kingdom Manchester Storm (1995–2002)
12 Wachovia Spectrum 17,380[citation needed] Philadelphia  United States Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) (1967–1996), Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) (1996–2009)
13 Chicago Stadium 17,317[citation needed] Chicago United States United States Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) (1929–1994)
14 St. Louis Arena 17,188 St. Louis United States United States St. Louis Eagles (NHL) (1934–1935), St. Louis Blues (NHL) (1967–1994)
15 Reunion Arena 17,001[citation needed] Dallas  United States Dallas Stars (NHL) (1993–2001)
16 Verizon Arena 17,000[citation needed] North Little Rock  United States Arkansas RiverBlades (ECHL) (1999–2003)
17 Civic Arena 16,958[citation needed] Pittsburgh  United States Pittsburgh Hornets (AHL) (1961–1967), Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) (1967–2010)
18 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 16,433[citation needed] Buffalo  United States Buffalo Bisons (AHL) (1940–1970), Buffalo Sabres (NHL) (1970–1996)
19 Montreal Forum 16,400[40] 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)
20 Maple Leaf Gardens 16,307[41] Toronto  Canada Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) (1931–1999), Toronto Marlboros (OHL) (1931–1989), Toronto Toros (WHA) (1974–1976)
21 US Airways Center 16,210[42] Phoenix  United States Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) (1996–2003), Phoenix RoadRunners (ECHL) (2005–2009)
22 McNichols Sports Arena 16,061[citation needed] Denver  United States Colorado Rockies (NHL) (1976–1982), Colorado Flames (CHL) (1982–1984), Denver Grizzlies (IHL) (1994–1995), Colorado Avalanche (NHL) (1995–1999)
23 The Forum 16,005[citation needed] Inglewood  United States Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1967–1999)
24 CenturyLink Center Omaha 15,959[43] Omaha  United States Omaha Mavericks men's ice hockey (NCAA) (2003–2015)
25 Amway Arena 15,948 Orlando  United States Orlando Solar Bears (IHL) (1995–2001)

Orlando Seals (ACHL) (2002–2004)

26 Madison Square Garden (III) 15,925[citation needed] New York City  United States New York Rangers (NHL) (1926–1968), New York Americans (NHL) (1925–1942)
27 Winnipeg Arena 15,565[citation needed] Winnipeg  Canada Winnipeg Warriors (WHL) (1955–1961), Winnipeg Monarchs (WHL), Winnipeg Jets (WHA, NHL) (1972–1996), Winnipeg Warriors (WHL) (1980–1984), Manitoba Moose (IHL, AHL) (1996–2004)
28 Omni Coliseum 15,278[citation needed] Atlanta  United States Atlanta Flames (NHL) (1972–1980), Atlanta Knights (IHL) (1992–1996)
29 Colisée Pepsi 15,176[44] Quebec City Canada Canada Quebec Aces (AHL) (1959–1971), Quebec Nordiques (WHA),(NHL) (1972–1995), Quebec Rafales (IHL) (1996–1998), Quebec Citadelles (AHL) (1999–2002), Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) (1969–1985) (1999–2015)
30 London Arena 15,000 London  United Kingdom London Knights
Detroit Olympia 15,000[citation needed] Detroit  United States Detroit Cougars/Falcons/Red Wings (NHL) (1927–1979)
Met Center 15,000[citation needed] Bloomington  United States Minnesota North Stars (NHL) (1967–1993)
33 Miami Arena 14,703 Miami, Florida  United States Florida Panthers (NHL) (1993–1998)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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