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Hartwall Arena (previously known until 19 March 2014 as Hartwall Areena, called Helsinki Areena, Helsingin Areena or Helsingforsarenan ('The Helsinki Arena') by the national broadcaster Yle) is a large multi-functional indoor arena located in Helsinki, Finland. Opened in 1997, the arena gets its name from its largest sponsor, the beverage company Hartwall, also based in Helsinki.
Helsinki Areena, Helsingin Areena, Helsingforsarenan
The arena at night (2013)
|Former names||Hartwall Areena (1997–2014)|
|Owner||Arena Events Oy|
13,349 (ice hockey)
|Broke ground||April 2, 1996|
|Opened||April 19, 1997|
|Construction cost||300,000,000 mk |
(69,000,000 in 2018 euros)
|Project manager||Harry Harkimo|
The idea of 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. 37 meters under ground there is a practice arena which is used by many hockey teams.
Total capacity in ice hockey games is 13,349 (all seats). The arena is convertible for various events. For sport events, the capacity is about 10,000, about 14,000 for basketball, for concerts about 13,000, and as an amphitheatre, 3,000-5,000. It is connected to a multi-storey carpark, which has a total capacity of 1,421 vehicles.
Hartwall 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, Hartwall Arena served as the main venue of the 2012 IIHF World Championship. It hosted all Group A games and quarterfinals, all semifinals and all 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.
Hartwall 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 Hartwall Arena.
Hartwall Arena hosted two 2018-19 regular season NHL games between the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers on Thursday, 1 November 2018 and Friday, 2 November 2018 as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series.