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)
Broke ground October 28, 1939
Opened December 14, 1940[2]
Renovated 1958, 1990–1992, 2009–2011
Construction cost $108 million
($121 million in 2016 dollars[1])
HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL)
1958 European Figure Skating Championships
1973 World Figure Skating Championships
1992 IIHF World Championship
2001 European Figure Skating Championships
2008 IIHF Men's InLine Hockey World Championship
2011 IIHF World Championship
2016 European Figure Skating Championships
2017 IIHF Men's InLine Hockey World Championship
2019 IIHF World Championship

The Ondrej Nepela Arena (Slovak: Zimný Štadión Ondreja Nepelu), known as Orange Arena during the 2011 IIHF Championship, also known 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.


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. The system was designed and constructed by Colosseo EAS. It has increased capacity to 10,055 spectators. In the past Samsung arena was called ST Arena and T-Com Arena. So-called "reconstruction" under command of SZLH president's company costs 87 million €.[3]

Beside the reconstruction SZLH president built a new hotel next to arena, which was built without building permit in the beginning.[4] Slovak and Czech ice-hockey players and team staff were accommodated in this hotel during the 2011 IIHF World Championship.

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 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.[5]

An overview of some musical events from 2011:

  • Hans Zimmer will perform at Ondrej Nepela Arena on June 2, 2017
  • Andrea Bocelli will perform at Ondrej Nepela Arena on November 19, 2017


Ondrej Nepela Stadium is located in the third district of Bratislava, Slovakia. The Stadium can be approached by Tram, Trolleybus and Bus.[6]

Service Stop Line Walking distance from Pasienky Stadium
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



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