O2 Arena (Prague)

O2 Arena (formerly Sazka Arena, stylised as O2 arena) is a multi-purpose arena, in Prague, Czech Republic. It is home to HC Sparta Prague of the Czech Extraliga and is the second-largest ice hockey arena in Europe.

O2 Arena
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O2 Arena in July 2018
O2 Arena is located in Prague
O2 Arena
O2 Arena
Location within Prague
Former namesSazka Arena (2004 – March 2008)
LocationOcelářská 460/2, 190 00 Prague 9 – Libeň, Czech Republic
Coordinates50°6′17.14″N 14°29′36.59″E / 50.1047611°N 14.4934972°E / 50.1047611; 14.4934972Coordinates: 50°6′17.14″N 14°29′36.59″E / 50.1047611°N 14.4934972°E / 50.1047611; 14.4934972
OperatorBESTSPORT akciová společnost
CapacityConcerts: 18,000
Ice hockey:17,383
Basketball:16,805[1]
Tennis:14,000
Construction
Broke groundSeptember 2002
Built2004
Opened27 March 2004[2]
Construction cost17 billion CZK
630 Million
ArchitectATIP, a.s. – Vladimír Vokatý, Martin Vokatý, Jiří Vít
Tenants
HC Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga) (2004–2015)
HC Sparta Praha (Czech Extraliga) (2015–present)
HC Kladno (Czech Extraliga) (3 games) (2012)
HC Lev Praha (KHL) (occasional games) (2012–2014)

It has hosted important sporting events such as the two Ice Hockey World Championships (2004 and 2015), first edition of prestigious tennis Laver Cup, the European Athletics Indoor Championships, the Euroleague Final Four 2006, the World Floorball Championship, the Davis Cup finals, as well as a handful of NHL and KHL games, including a 2014 Gagarin Cup final. It can also host stage shows, such as concerts, and other large-scale events.

Notable eventsEdit

HistoryEdit

 
An ice hockey match at O2 Arena
 
Laver Cup at O2 Arena

The idea of building a new arena in Prague came on the heels of the "golden era" of Czech ice hockey: winning the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics and three gold medals in a row at the Ice Hockey World Championships. The arena was proposed to be built in time to host the 2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, but due to unforeseen complications with the investors,[citation needed] the ice hockey governing body had to switch that tournament to Finland. The arena's main backer then became Sazka a.s., a Czech betting company.

The construction of the arena (which began in September 2002) was not without problems, but it was finally finished in time to host the 2004 tournament, the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[6]

In March 2008, the building was renamed O2 Arena.[7]

In March 2011, Sazka filed for insolvency due to debts from building the arena. [8][9]

From its opening until 2015, it was home to HC Slavia Prague of the Czech Extraliga. Slavia won the national championship on home ice in Game 7 of the 2008 Extraliga finals against HC Karlovy Vary 4-0 in front of a then-league-record crowd of 17,117. In 2015, Slavia was relegated to the 1.liga, and the club chose to move back to the smaller Zimní stadion Eden, the team's former home and current training centre. In its place, O2 Arena reached an agreement with cross-town rivals Sparta Prague on 24 June 2015. Sparta ownership cited the need for significant renovations at Tipsport Arena as the main reason for the move.

For two seasons, 2012–13 and 2013–14, O2 Arena also hosted occasional home games of HC Lev Prague of the Kontinental Hockey League. The club played its home games of the 2014 Gagarin Cup Finals at O2 Arena, attracting the three largest crowds in league history.[citation needed]

In 2015, O2 Arena co-hosted the IIHF World Championship with ČEZ Aréna in Ostrava for the second time. This time, the tournament re-established the record for World Championship attendance.

In 2017, it hosted the 1st edition of Laver Cup international indoor hard court men's tennis tournament between Europe and Team World.

In 2021, the venue will host some group phase matches at the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 which the country will play host alongside Georgia in Tbilisi, Germany in Berlin/Cologne and Italy in Milan.[citation needed]

Technical factsEdit

 
Panorama of O2 Arena (March 2007)
  • Number of floors: 6
  • Floor space: 35,000 m²
  • Capacity: up to 18,000 spectators (depends on event)
  • Club and Luxury seats: 2,460
  • Sky boxes: 66
  • Party Boxes: 4
  • Seats in bars, restaurants and cafés: 2,900
  • Beers that can be tapped in one break: 10,00
  • Parking: 280 places
  • Population of its catchment area: 1.5 to 1.8 million people

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Belgrade 2018 - Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL". www.euroleague.net. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Sazka Arena – the most modern multipurpose arena in the world - Prague Blog". www.prague.net. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20191214073401/https://www.o2arena.cz/en/news/O2-arena-has-a-record-of-attendance-concert-of-band-Metallica-was-seen-by-20-174-fans_972.html
  4. ^ Scott Bernstein (2 October 2019). "Eric Clapton Announces European Tour 2020". Jam Base Magazine. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  5. ^ https://www.celinedion.com/in-concert/
  6. ^ "Sazka sports arena opened amid bitter political dispute over money". radio.cz. 29 March 2004. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  7. ^ Praha prijde o Sazka Arenu. Stane se z ni O2 Arena – Domaci – Hokej – Sportplus – Aktualne.cz
  8. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/26/sazka-idUSLDE72P07H20110326 Czech lottery firm Sazka files for insolvency
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-10. Retrieved 2011-04-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Balls up: Czech lottery ruled insolvent

External linksEdit

  Media related to O2 Arena (Prague) at Wikimedia Commons

Events and tenants
Preceded by
Zimní Stadion Eden
HC Slavia Praha
Home Arena

2004 – 2015
Succeeded by
Zimní Stadion Eden
Preceded by
Olimpiisky Arena
Moscow
Euroleague
Final Four
Venue

2006
Succeeded by
Olympic Indoor Hall
Athens
Preceded by
Globe Arena
Stockholm
IFF World Championships
Finals Venue

2008
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by
Hala MOSiR
Łódź
CEV Champions League
Final Venue

2009
Succeeded by
Arena Łódź
Łódź
Preceded by
Olympic Stadium
Moscow
Tennis Club Cagliar
Cagliari
Fed Cup
Final Venue

2011
2014, 2015
Succeeded by
Tennis Club Cagliar
Cagliari
Rhénus Sport
Strasbourg
Preceded by
Estadio de La Cartuja
Seville
Davis Cup
Final venue

2012
Succeeded by
Kombank Arena
Belgrade
Preceded by
Scandinavium
Gothenburg
European Athletics Indoor Championships
Venue

2015
Succeeded by
Kombank Arena
Belgrade
Preceded by
Tipsport Arena
HC Sparta Praha
Home Arena

2015 –
Succeeded by
current