Ondrej Nepela Arena

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Zimný Štadión Ondreja Nepelu
Slovnaft Aréna
Ondrej Nepela Arena.jpg
Former names Orange Arena (2011)
Samsung Aréna (2007–2010)
T-Com Aréna (2006–2007)
ST Aréna (2004–2006)
Location Odbojárov 9
Bratislava, Slovakia
Coordinates 48°09′36″N 17°08′10″E / 48.16000°N 17.13611°E / 48.16000; 17.13611Coordinates: 48°09′36″N 17°08′10″E / 48.16000°N 17.13611°E / 48.16000; 17.13611
Owner City of Bratislava
Capacity 10,055 (Ice hockey)
10,200 (concert)
Construction
Broke ground October 28, 1939
Opened December 14, 1940
Renovated 1958, 1990–1992, 2009–2011
Construction cost $108 million
($124 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Tenants
HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL)

The Ondrej Nepela Arena (Slovak: Zimný Štadión Ondreja Nepelu), (also known as Orange Arena during the 2011 IIHF Championship, or as Slovnaft Arena), is an arena in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is primarily used for ice hockey and it is the home arena of the KHL's HC Slovan Bratislava.

History[edit]

Ondrej Nepela (Slovnaft Arena) after reconstruction in 2011
The arena in 2007

It opened in 1940 and held 8,350 people until its full reconstruction started in 2009. The reconstructed arena opened in spring 2011 with one of the most advance game presentation, LED scoreboards and security systems ever built. It has increased capacity to 10,055 spectators. In the past Samsung arena was called ST Arena and T-Com Arena. Reconstruction costs 87 million €.[2]

In the arena are also next two ice areas in the training halls. In addition to the arena, a new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel was built, which mainly serves for the accommodation of foreign athletes.

Stadium name[edit]

The Stadium is named in honour of Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater who competed for Czechoslovakia in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and he is the 1972 Winter Olympics figure skating winner.

Notable events[edit]

An overview of some sport events:

1958
1959
1966
1973
1981
1992
1995
1996
1999
2001
2008
2011
2016
2017
2019

An NHL pre-season game was held at the Samsung Arena between HC Slovan Bratislava and the Tampa Bay Lightning on September 30, 2008. Tampa Bay won 3-2 in overtime. On October 2, 2011, the arena hosted another NHL pre-season game, this time between HC Slovan Bratislava and New York Rangers who beat the home team 4-1.[3]

An overview of some musical events from 2011 onward:

2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
  • Vanessa Mae performed at Ondrej Nepela Arena on May 11, 2017
  • Hans Zimmer performed at Ondrej Nepela Arena on June 2, 2017
  • Andrea Bocelli performed at Ondrej Nepela Arena on November 19, 2017
2018
2019
  • Nicki Minaj and Future will perform at Ondrej Nepela Arena as part of their NickiHndrxx Tour on February 22, 2019

Transport[edit]

Ondrej Nepela Arena is located in the third district of Bratislava, Slovakia. The Arena can be approached by Tram, Trolleybus and Bus.[4]

Service Stop Line Walking distance from Ondrej Nepela Arena
Tram Odbojárov 2, 4 250 m
Trolleybus Zimný Štadión 204, 205, 207 20 m
Bus Zimný Štadión 39, 53, 61, 63, 66, 74, 78 20 m

Drivers can park directly under the Ondrej Nepela Arena. There are place for 365 cars. An additional 1,300 parking spaces offer the Central Shopping Center, which is approximately 400 m away from the arena.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  2. ^ a.s., Petit Press. "Mikloš: Na štadión viac nedáme, len požičiame".
  3. ^ "Slovan Bratislava prehral s NY Rangers 1:4 - Webnoviny.sk". 2 October 2011.
  4. ^ imhd.sk. "Linky MHD a IDS (17. 10. 2016)". imhd.sk Bratislava.

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