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PostFinance Arena (originally known as Eisstadion Allmend and Bern Arena) is an arena in Bern, Switzerland. It is primarily used for ice hockey and is the home arena of SC Bern.[1] It was built in 1967 and currently accommodates 17,031 people. A characteristic of the PostFinance Arena is that it has the world's largest standing room grandstand within an arena, with a capacity of 10,422 bench seats.[2]

PostFinance Arena
PostFinance-Arena Luftbild 2011.jpg
PostFinance-Arena in 2011
Former namesEisstadion Allmend (1967–2002)
Bern Arena (2002–2007)
LocationMingerstrasse 12
3014 Bern
Coordinates46°57′31″N 7°28′07″E / 46.958618°N 7.468611°E / 46.958618; 7.468611Coordinates: 46°57′31″N 7°28′07″E / 46.958618°N 7.468611°E / 46.958618; 7.468611
OwnerSwiss Prime Site AG
Capacity17,031 (previously 17,131)
Construction
Broke ground1965
Opened22 October 1967
Renovated1969, 2007–2009
Tenants
SC Bern (National League A) (1967–present)

The PostFinance Arena was the main arena for the 2009 IIHF World Championships,[3] and has already hosted the inaugural Victoria Cup. Likewise, in May 2016, the 2016 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held at the arena.[4]

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SpectatorsEdit

 
PostFinance Arena grandstand in 2006

PostFinance Arena holds a Europe-wide record, having a 16,203 spectator average in the 2008/2009 season.[5]

StructureEdit

The main roof comprises glulam arches, tied by steel tension members at their springing points. The maximum span of these arches is 85 metres.[6]

RenovationEdit

Due to its age and with an eye towards the 2009 IIHF World Championships, the arena was renovated. The holder invested about CHF 100 million (~$100 million) into the extension and restoration of the building. The modification was finished by April 24, 2009, when the World Championships started. The interior of the arena is mostly unchanged, especially the steep standing room stand, which is very popular with the fans. However the VIP-zone was entirely rebuilt and the capacity there was extended by about 500. The total capacity is now 17,031 spectators.[7]

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External linksEdit

  Media related to PostFinance-Arena at Wikimedia Commons