Helsinki Halli

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Helsinki Halli (formerly Hartwall Arena) is a large multi-functional indoor arena located in Helsinki, Finland. It 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.

Helsinki Halli
Helsingin areena, Helsingforsarenan
Helsinki Arena March 2022.jpg
Former namesHartwall Areena (1997–2014)
Hartwall Arena (2014–2022)
AddressAreenankuja 1, Helsinki
LocationHelsinki, Finland
Coordinates60°12′20.66″N 24°55′44.03″E / 60.2057389°N 24.9288972°E / 60.2057389; 24.9288972Coordinates: 60°12′20.66″N 24°55′44.03″E / 60.2057389°N 24.9288972°E / 60.2057389; 24.9288972
OwnerArena Events Oy (Roman Rotenberg, Gennady Timchenko, et al.)
Capacity14,000 (basketball)
13,349 (ice hockey)
7,500–15,000 (concerts)
3,000–5,000 (amphitheater)
Broke ground2 April 1996
Opened19 April 1997
Construction cost300,000,000 mk
(69,000,000 in 2018 euros)
ArchitectSCI Architects
Project managerHarry Harkimo
Main contractorsSkanska
Jokerit (1997–present)

The Russian-owned arena has been unused since March 2022 due to EU sanctions related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The main sponsor, Hartwall, also ended its sponsorship and the arena's name was changed.[1]

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.

The arena is situated next to Pasila railway station, which is the second busiest railway station in Finland, 3.5 km north of the Helsinki Central railway station.

Other and former namesEdit

Hartwall Areena in 2013.

The national broadcaster Yle calls the arena "Helsingin areena" or "Helsingforsarenan" ("The Helsinki Arena" in Finnish and Swedish). The newspaper Helsingin Sanomat calls it "Helsinki-areena".

It was branded as "Hartwall Areena" from its opening until 2014, and as "Hartwall Arena" thereafter until 2 March 2022.[2] The beverage company Hartwall, also based in Helsinki, was its largest sponsor, and thus got the naming rights.[3] Hartwall ended its sponsorship in March 2022, to avoid association with the Russian main owners of the arena, Roman Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko,[4] in the wake of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[3]




Hartwall Arena from inside during an ice hockey game

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. On October 2nd 2009, the NHL opened its season in the arena with a matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers, making it the first NHL game to be held in Finland. 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.

The 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.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Palkoaho, Milla (25 August 2022). "Julkisuutta kaihtava sijoittaja haluaa palauttaa Jokerit "Hartwall-areenalle" – Paavo Arhinmäki selittää vaikeaa haastetta". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  2. ^ Tuominen, Antti (14 August 2014). "Helsinki Areena uudistuu: sponsorinimestä katosi kirjain, katsomo sai jättinäytön" (in Finnish). Yle. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b Hyyppä, Emma; Niemeläinen, Jonne (2 March 2022). "Hartwall Arenan nimikyltit otettiin pois Helsingin areenasta – katso kuvat ja video historiallisesta hetkestä" (in Finnish). Yle. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  4. ^ Vuorikoski, Salla; Pietiläinen, Tuomo (2 March 2022). "Hartwall-areenasta tuli Helsinki-halli, kun sen omistajat olivat lopulta Hartwallille liikaa – OP on pyörittänyt oligarkkien hallin pankkipalveluita" (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  5. ^ Bell, Jason (6 March 2018). "Jets, Panthers to play in Finland on Nov. 1, 2". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 6 March 2022.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Hartwall Arena at Wikimedia Commons

Events and tenants
Preceded by Jokerit
Home arena

Succeeded by
Preceded by Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by