List of ice hockey arenas by capacity

The following is a list of ice hockey arenas by capacity. Only those arenas that regularly host ice hockey games with paid admission (e.g. professional, major junior, or university) are included. Outdoor stadiums that have hosted occasional hockey games are not included. Buildings under construction are not included. Buildings which no longer host hockey matches are listed but not ranked, and the capacity for defunct buildings is the capacity at the time of closing, or last use for hockey, unless otherwise mentioned. Buildings are ranked by their current maximum capacity for hockey games, not for other events—which is often substantially different because of ice hockey's unique playing surface, the ice rink. Capacities do not include standing room tickets. All arenas with a capacity of more than 15,000 are included.

The majority of these arenas are in Canada and the United States, with a small number in Europe; none are on any other continent. Most of the largest arenas are home to professional teams, mainly from the National Hockey League (NHL). All 31 current NHL arenas are listed. None of the teams in the top leagues in Finland (Liiga) or Sweden (SHL), and only one team each in the top league of Czech Republic (Czech Extraliga), Germany (Deutsche Eishockey Liga), Switzerland (National League A) and the international Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) (Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, and, Slovakia), play in an arena with a capacity of 15,000 or larger.

Arenas by capacityEdit

Rank Arena Capacity
(Seating capacity only)
City Country Home Team(s) (League, Dates)
1 Bell Centre 21,273[1] Montreal   Canada Montreal Canadiens (NHL) (1996–present)
2 United Center 19,717[2][verification needed] Chicago   United States Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) (1995–present)
3 Wells Fargo Center 19,537[3] Philadelphia   United States Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) (1996–present)
4 Little Caesars Arena 19,515[4] Detroit   United States Detroit Red Wings (NHL) (2017–present)
5 Scotiabank Saddledome 19,289[5] Calgary   Canada Calgary Flames (NHL) (1983–present), Calgary Hitmen (WHL) (1995–present)
6 BB&T Center 19,250[6] Sunrise   United States Florida Panthers (NHL) (1998–present)
7 Enterprise Center 19,150[7] St. Louis   United States St. Louis Blues (NHL) (1994–present)
8 Amalie Arena 19,092[8] Tampa   United States Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) (1996–present)
9 KeyBank Center 19,070[9] Buffalo   United States Buffalo Sabres (NHL) (1996–present)
10 Quicken Loans Arena 18,924[10] Cleveland   United States Cleveland Monsters (AHL) (2007–present)
11 Rogers Arena 18,910[11] Vancouver   Canada Vancouver Canucks (NHL) (1995–present)
12 Scotiabank Arena 18,800[12] Toronto   Canada Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) (1999–present)
13 PNC Arena 18,680[13] Raleigh   United States Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) (1999–present)
14 Canadian Tire Centre 18,652[14] Ottawa   Canada Ottawa Senators (NHL) (1996–present)
15 Rogers Place 18,641 Edmonton   Canada Edmonton Oilers (NHL) (2016–present), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) (2016–present)
16 American Airlines Center 18,532[15] Dallas   United States Dallas Stars (NHL) (2001–present)
17 Capital One Arena 18,506[16] Washington   United States Washington Capitals (NHL) (1997–present)
18 Lanxess Arena 18,500[17] Cologne   Germany Kölner Haie (DEL) (1998–present)
19 PPG Paints Arena 18,387[18] Pittsburgh   United States Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) (2010–present)
20 The Moda Center 18,280[citation needed] Portland   United States Portland Winterhawks (WHL) (1995–present)
21 Videotron Centre 18,259[19] Quebec City   Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) (2015–present)
22 Staples Center 18,230[20] Los Angeles   United States Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1999–present)
23 Nationwide Arena 18,144[21] Columbus   United States Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) (2000–present)
24 Xcel Energy Center 18,064[22] St. Paul   United States Minnesota Wild (NHL) (2000–present)
25 Pepsi Center 18,007[23] Denver   United States Colorado Avalanche (NHL) (1999–present)
26 Madison Square Garden 18,006[24] New York City   United States New York Rangers (NHL) (1968–present)
27 TD Garden 17,850[25] Boston   United States Boston Bruins (NHL) (1995–present)
28 SAP Center at San Jose 17,562[26] San Jose   United States San Jose Sharks (NHL) (1993–present), San Jose Barracuda (AHL) (2015–present)
29 Value City Arena 17,500[27] Columbus   United States Ohio State Buckeyes men's ice hockey (NCAA) (1998–present)
30 T-Mobile Arena 17,500[28] Las Vegas   United States Vegas Golden Knights (NHL) (2017–present)
31 FirstOntario Centre 17,383[citation needed] Hamilton   Canada Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) (1996–present)
32 O2 Arena 17,360[citation needed] Prague   Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha (Czech Extraliga) (2015–present), HC Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga, 2004–2015), HC LEV Praha (KHL, 2012–2014)
33 Honda Center 17,174[29] Anaheim   United States Anaheim Ducks (NHL) (1993–present)
34 Gila River Arena 17,125[30] Glendale   United States Arizona Coyotes (NHL) (2003–present)
Belmont Park Arena 17,113[31] Elmont United States New York Islanders (NHL) (Opening 2021)
35 Bridgestone Arena 17,113[32] Nashville   United States Nashville Predators (NHL) (1998–present)
37 BOK Center 17,096[33] Tulsa   United States Tulsa Oilers (ECHL) (2008–present)
38 PostFinance-Arena 17,031[citation needed] Bern   Switzerland SC Bern (NLA) (1967–present)
39 Allstate Arena 16,692[citation needed] Rosemont   United States Chicago Wolves (AHL) (1994–present)
40 Prudential Center 16,514[34] Newark   United States New Jersey Devils (NHL) (2007–present)
41 Barclays Center 15,813 Brooklyn   United States New York Islanders (NHL) (2015–present)
42 XL Center 15,564[35][37] Hartford   United States New England Whalers (WHA) (1975–1978), Hartford Whalers (NHL) (1980–1997),
Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) (1997–present), Connecticut Huskies (NCAA) (2014–present)
43 Wells Fargo Arena 15,581[citation needed] Des Moines   United States Iowa Stars (AHL) (2005–2009), Iowa Chops (AHL) (2005–2009), Iowa Wild (AHL) (2013–present)
44 Bell MTS Place 15,294[38] Winnipeg   Canada Winnipeg Jets (NHL) (2011–present), Manitoba Moose (AHL) (2004–2011, 2015–present)
45 Kohl Center 15,237[39] Madison   United States Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey (NCAA) (1998–present)[40]
46 SaskTel Centre 15,195[citation needed] Saskatoon   Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL) (1988–present), Saskatchewan Rush (NLL) (2016–present)
47 Minsk-Arena 15,086 Minsk   Belarus Dinamo Minsk (KHL) (2008–present)

Defunct arenas by seatingEdit

In this table, "defunct" refers to its status as an ice hockey venue. Many of the venues listed here remain in use for other sports.

Rank Arena Capacity City Country Home Team(s) (League, Dates)
1 Thunderdome 28,183[41][42] St. Petersburg   United States Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) (1993–1996)
2 Greensboro Coliseum Complex 21,273[citation needed] Greensboro   United States Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) (1997–1999), Carolina Monarchs (AHL) (1995–1997), Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL) (1989–1995)
3 The Palace 20,804[citation needed] Auburn Hills   United States Detroit Vipers (IHL) (1994–2001)
4 Joe Louis Arena 20,027[43] Detroit   United States Detroit Red Wings (NHL) (1979–2017)
5 Vélodrome d'hiver 20,000 Paris   France Club des Patineurs (Championnat de France) (1931–1937), Racing Club (Championnat de France) (1931–1933),
Stade Français (Championnat de France) (1931–1937), Français Volants (Championnat de France) (1933–1938)
6 Izod Center 19,040[citation needed] East Rutherford   United States New Jersey Devils (NHL) (1982–2007)
7 Richfield Coliseum 18,544 Richfield, Ohio   United States Cleveland Crusaders (WHA) (1974–76), Cleveland Barons (NHL) (1976–78)
8 Capital Centre 18,130[citation needed] Landover   United States Washington Capitals (NHL) (1974–97)
9 Chesapeake Energy Arena 18,036[citation needed] Oklahoma City   United States Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL) (2002–2009)
10 BMO Harris Bradley Center 17,845[citation needed] Milwaukee   United States Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) (1988–2016)
11 Toyota Center 17,800[citation needed] Houston   United States Houston Aeros (AHL) (2003–2013)
12 Kemper Arena 17,647[citation needed] Kansas City   United States Kansas City Scouts (NHL) (1974–1976), Kansas City Blues (CHL) (1976–1977),
Kansas City Blades (IHL) (1990–2001), Kansas City Outlaws (UHL) (2004–2005)
13 Philips Arena 17,624[citation needed] Atlanta   United States Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) (1999–2011)
14 Manchester Arena 17,500[citation needed] Manchester   United Kingdom Manchester Storm (1995–2002)
15 Wachovia Spectrum 17,380[citation needed] Philadelphia   United States Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) (1967–1996), Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) (1996–2009)
16 Chicago Stadium 17,317[citation needed] Chicago   United States Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) (1929–1994)
17 St. Louis Arena 17,188 St. Louis   United States St. Louis Eagles (NHL) (1934–1935), St. Louis Blues (NHL) (1967–1994)
18 Reunion Arena 17,001[citation needed] Dallas   United States Dallas Stars (NHL) (1993–2001)
19 Verizon Arena 17,000[citation needed] North Little Rock   United States Arkansas RiverBlades (ECHL) (1999–2003)
20 Civic Arena 16,958[citation needed] Pittsburgh   United States Pittsburgh Hornets (AHL) (1961–1967), Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) (1967–2010)
21 Northlands Coliseum 16,839[citation needed] Edmonton   Canada Edmonton Oilers (NHL) (1979–2016), Edmonton Oilers (WHA) (1974–1979), Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) (1974–1976, 2007–2016)
22 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 16,433[citation needed] Buffalo   United States Buffalo Bisons (AHL) (1940–1970), Buffalo Sabres (NHL) (1970–1996)
23 Montreal Forum 16,400[44] Montreal   Canada Montreal Maroons (NHL) (1924–1938), Montreal Canadiens (NHL) (1926–1996), Montreal Junior Canadiens (QJHL, (OHA) (1933–1972),
Montreal Voyageurs (AHL) (1969–1971), Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge (QMJHL) (1972–1975), Montreal Juniors (QMJHL) (1975–1982)
24 Maple Leaf Gardens 16,307[45] Toronto   Canada Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) (1931–1999), Toronto Marlboros (OHL) (1931–1989), Toronto Toros (WHA) (1974–1976)
25 Pacific Coliseum 16,281[46] Vancouver   Canada Vancouver Canucks (WHL) (1968–1970), Vancouver Canucks (NHL) (1970–1995), Vancouver Nats (WHL) (1971–1973),
Vancouver Blazers (WHA) (1973–1975), Vancouver Voodoo (RHI) (1994–1995), Vancouver Giants (WHL) (2001–2016)
26 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 16,234[47] Uniondale   United States New York Islanders (NHL) (1972–2015)(2017-2020)
27 US Airways Center 16,210[48] Phoenix   United States Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) (1996–2003), Phoenix RoadRunners (ECHL) (2005–2009)
28 McNichols Sports Arena 16,061[citation needed] Denver   United States Colorado Rockies (NHL) (1976–1982), Colorado Flames (CHL) (1982–1984), Denver Grizzlies (IHL) (1994–1995), Colorado Avalanche (NHL) (1995–1999)
29 The Forum 16,005[citation needed] Inglewood   United States Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1967–1999)
30 CenturyLink Center Omaha 15,959[49] Omaha   United States Omaha Mavericks men's ice hockey (NCAA) (2003–2015)
31 Amway Arena 15,948 Orlando   United States Orlando Solar Bears (IHL) (1995–2001), Orlando Seals (ACHL) (2002–2004)
32 Madison Square Garden (III) 15,925[citation needed] New York City   United States New York Rangers (NHL) (1926–1968), New York Americans (NHL) (1925–1942)
33 Winnipeg Arena 15,565[citation needed] Winnipeg   Canada Winnipeg Warriors (WHL) (1955–1961), Winnipeg Monarchs (WHL), Winnipeg Jets (WHA, NHL) (1972–1996),
Winnipeg Warriors (WHL) (1980–1984), Manitoba Moose (IHL, AHL) (1996–2004)
34 Omni Coliseum 15,278[citation needed] Atlanta   United States Atlanta Flames (NHL) (1972–1980), Atlanta Knights (IHL) (1992–1996)
35 Colisée Pepsi 15,176[50] Quebec City   Canada Quebec Aces (AHL) (1959–1971), Quebec Nordiques (WHA),(NHL) (1972–1995), Quebec Rafales (IHL) (1996–1998),
Quebec Citadelles (AHL) (1999–2002), Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) (1969–1985) (1999–2015)
36 London Arena 15,000 London   United Kingdom London Knights
37 Detroit Olympia 15,000[citation needed] Detroit   United States Detroit Cougars/Falcons/Red Wings (NHL) (1927–1979)
38 Met Center 15,000[citation needed] Bloomington   United States Minnesota North Stars (NHL) (1967–1993)
39 Boston Garden 14,448 [51] Boston   United States Boston Bruins (NHL) (1928–1995), Boston Braves (AHL) 1971–1974, New England Whalers (NHL) 1972–1974

See alsoEdit

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