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Helsinki Halli is a large multi-functional indoor arena located in Helsinki, Finland, that was opened in April 1997. The arena is convertible for various events. The total seated capacity during ice hockey games is 13,349 (about 14,000 for basketball, for concerts up to 15,000) and as an amphitheatre, it is significantly reduced to between 3,000 to 5,000.
Helsingin areena, Helsingforsarenan
|Former names||Hartwall Areena (1997–2014)|
Hartwall Arena (2014–2022)
|Address||Areenankuja 1, Helsinki|
|Owner||Arena Events Oy (Roman Rotenberg, Gennady Timchenko, et al.)|
13,349 (ice hockey)
|Broke ground||2 April 1996|
|Opened||19 April 1997|
|Construction cost||300,000,000 mk |
(69,000,000 in 2018 euros)
|Project manager||Harry Harkimo|
Construction and facilitiesEdit
The initiative for building the arena came from Harry "Hjallis" Harkimo in 1994. It was built to be ready for the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1997, and was delivered by the constructor on 11 April 1997. The building is elliptical, 153 metres long and 123 metres wide. It also has a practice arena 37 metres underground, used by many hockey teams. It is connected to a multi-storey carpark, which has a total capacity of 1,421 vehicles.
Other and former namesEdit
It was branded as "Hartwall Areena" from its opening until 2014, and as "Hartwall Arena" thereafter until 2 March 2022. The beverage company Hartwall, also based in Helsinki, was its largest sponsor, and thus got the naming rights. Hartwall ended its sponsorship in March 2022, to avoid association with the Russian main owners of the arena, Roman Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko, in the wake of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The arena is the home venue of the ice hockey team Jokerit.
The arena has also been used for Ice Hockey World Championships, World Figure Skating Championships, NHL Challenge, and World Cup of Hockey. In May 2011, the arena served as the main venue of the 2012 IIHF World Championship. It hosted all Group A games and quarterfinals, all semifinals and the bronze and gold medal games. Group B games and quarterfinals were hosted in Ericsson Globe, Stockholm. It also co-hosted the 2013 IIHF World Championship with Ericsson Globe, but in 2013 all games after quarterfinals were played in Stockholm.
The arena was one of the host venues of the 2016 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Its assignment included hosting the gold-medal game, in which Kasperi Kapanen scored an Overtime goal to win Gold for Finland on home ice.
One of the group stages of EuroBasket 2017, was also played at the arena.
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Media related to Hartwall Arena at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Finnish, Russian, and English)
|Events and tenants|
|Preceded by|| Jokerit
|Preceded by|| Eurovision Song Contest