O2 Arena (Prague)

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O2 Arena
O2 Arena, od Českomoravské.jpg
O2 Arena is located in Prague
O2 Arena
O2 Arena
Former names Sazka Arena (2004 – March 2008)
Location Ocelářská 460/2, 190 00 Prague 9 – Libeň, Czech Republic
Coordinates 50°6′17.14″N 14°29′36.59″E / 50.1047611°N 14.4934972°E / 50.1047611; 14.4934972Coordinates: 50°6′17.14″N 14°29′36.59″E / 50.1047611°N 14.4934972°E / 50.1047611; 14.4934972
Operator BESTSPORT akciová společnost
Capacity Concerts: 18,000
Ice hockey:17,383
Basketball:16,805[1]
Tennis:14,000
Construction
Broke ground September 2002
Built 2004
Opened 27 March 2004[2]
Construction cost 8 billion CZK
347 Million
Architect ATIP, a.s. – Vladimír Vokatý, Martin Vokatý, Jiří Vít
Tenants
HC Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga) (2004–2015)
HC Sparta Praha (Czech Extraliga) (2015–present)
HC Kladno (Czech Extraliga) (3 games) (2012)
HC Lev Praha (KHL) (occasional games) (2012–2014)

O2 Arena (formerly Sazka Arena, stylised as O2 arena) is a multi-purpose arena, in Prague, Czech Republic. It is home to HC Sparta Prague of the Czech Extraliga and is the second-largest ice hockey arena in Europe.

It has hosted important sporting events such as the (European Athletics Indoor Championships, two Ice Hockey World Championships (2004, 2015), the Euroleague Final Four 2006, the World Floorball Championship, the Davis Cup finals, as well as a handful of NHL and KHL games, including the 2014 Gagarin Cup final. It can also host stage shows, such as concerts, and other large-scale events.

Notable events[edit]

Visitor record held by Madonna concert in 2006, which was attended by 18 628 spectators. On September 6 and 7, 2006 Madonna performed there during her Confessions Tour. She will perform again at the arena on November 7 and 8, 2015 as part of her Rebel Heart Tour.

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 November 2008, the French electronica pioneer Jean Michel Jarre performed his Oxygène album live at the arena, as part of the second leg of the Oxygène 30th anniversary tour.

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.

Sting performed during his Symphonicities Tour on September 22, 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

In November 2010 Lady Gaga performed there during her Monster Ball Tour.

On December 7, 2011 Rihanna performed there during her Loud Tour

The Czech Republic Davis Cup Team defeated Spain in the 2012 Davis Cup Final.

On November 22, 2012 Muse performed there during their The 2nd Law World Tour.

On October 5, 2014, Lady Gaga performed there as part of Artrave: The Artpop Ball tour.

On March 2, 2011 Kylie Minogue performed there as part of her Aphrodite World Tour. On October 21, 2014 Minogue performed again as part of her Kiss Me Once Tour.

On November 9, 2014 the Czech Fed Cup team defeated the German Fed Cup team in the final of the 2014 Fed Cup.

On February 17, 2015 Queen + Adam Lambert performed there as part of their "We will rock you" tour.

On February 23, 2015 Katy Perry performed there as part of Prismatic World Tour.

History[edit]

The idea of building a new arena in Prague came on the heels of the "golden era" of Czech ice hockey: winning the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics and three gold medals in a row at the Ice Hockey World Championships. 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,[citation needed] 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.[3]

In March 2008, the building was renamed O2 Arena.[4]

In March 2011, Sazka filed for insolvency due to debts from building the arena. [5][6]

From its opening until 2015, it was home to HC Slavia Prague of the Czech Extraliga. Slavia won the national championship on home ice in Game 7 of the 2008 Extraliga finals against HC Karlovy Vary 4-0 in front of a then-league-record crowd of 17,117. In 2015, Slavia was relegated to the 1.liga, and the club chose to move back to the smaller Zimní stadion Eden, the team's former home and current training centre. In its place, O2 Arena reached an agreement with cross-town rivals Sparta Prague on 24 June 2015. Sparta ownership cited the need for significant renovations at Tipsport Arena as the main reason for the move.

For two seasons, 2012-13 and 2013-14, O2 Arena also hosted occasional home games of HC Lev Prague of the Kontinental Hockey League. The club played its home games of the 2014 Gagarin Cup Finals at O2 Arena, attracting the three largest crowds in league history.

In 2015, O2 Arena co-hosted the IIHF World Championship with ČEZ Aréna in Ostrava for the second time. This time, the tournament re-established the record for World Championship attendance.

Technical facts[edit]

Panorama of 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
  • Sky boxes: 66
  • Party Boxes: 4
  • Seats in bars, restaurants and cafés: 2,900
  • Parking: 280 places
  • Population of its catchment area: 1.5 to 1.8 million people

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Zimní Stadion Eden
HC Slavia Praha
Home Arena

2004 – present
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
Olimpiisky Arena
Moscow
Euroleague
Final Four
Venue

2006
Succeeded by
Olympic Indoor Hall
Athens
Preceded by
Globe Arena
Stockholm
IFF World Championships
Finals Venue

2008
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by
Hala MOSiR
Łódź
CEV Champions League
Final Venue

2009
Succeeded by
Arena Łódź
Łódź
Preceded by
Olympic Stadium
Moscow
Tennis Club Cagliar
Cagliari
Fed Cup
Final Venue

2011
2014
Succeeded by
Tennis Club Cagliar
Cagliari
TBD
Preceded by
Estadio de La Cartuja
Seville
Davis Cup
Final venue

2012
Succeeded by
Kombank Arena
Belgrade
Preceded by
Scandinavium
Gothenburg
European Athletics Indoor Championships
Venue

2015
Succeeded by
Kombank Arena
Belgrade