Valascia

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La Valascia
Valascia (innen).JPG
LocationAmbrì, Switzerland
Coordinates46°30′33″N 8°41′31″E / 46.509203°N 8.691944°E / 46.509203; 8.691944
OwnerHC Ambrì-Piotta
Capacity6,500
(2,000 seated, 4,500 standing)
Record attendance9,000
(1987 - HC Ambrì-Piotta vs. HC Lugano)
Construction
Opened1959
Renovated1979 (roof added)
2007
Tenants
HC Ambrì-Piotta (National League) (1959 - 2021)

Valascia is an indoor sporting arena located in Ambrì, Switzerland. The capacity of the arena is 6,500 and was built in 1959. It is the home arena of the HC Ambri-Piotta ice hockey team of the National League (NL). The ends of arena are open air, making a hockey being played there partially outdoor.

The team is set to move into a newly built arena within the same area in the near future. The Valascia will then be demolished as it is located in a potential avalanche path. Construction for the new arena was scheduled to begin in July 2017 before being postponed to a later date. Should construction not begin before the summer of 2018, Ambri-Piotta will no longer be allowed to play in the National League. Renovation isn't possible as it would bring the total capacity below the required 6,000 to compete in the National League and the arena would still face danger from potential avalanches.[1][2][3] Therefore, the new Valascia must be ready to open in time for the 2020/21 NL season should Ambri-Piotta wishes to remain in Switzerland's top league.

On August 30, 2018, HC Ambri-Piotta announced that construction for the new Valascia is set to begin in October 2018 and should be ready to open by 2021.[4]

After multiple delays, construction officially began in April 2019, with completion due for the start of the 2021/22 season.

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Media related to Pista Valascia at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 46°30′33″N 8°41′31″E / 46.509203°N 8.691944°E / 46.509203; 8.691944