Ostravar Aréna

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OSTRAVAR Aréna
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Ostravar Arena
Former namesPalác kultury a sportu (1986–2004)
ČEZ Aréna (2004–2015)
Ostrava Aréna (2015–2016)
Location Ostrava, Czech Republic
Coordinates 49°48′17″N18°14′55″E / 49.80472°N 18.24861°E / 49.80472; 18.24861 Coordinates: 49°48′17″N18°14′55″E / 49.80472°N 18.24861°E / 49.80472; 18.24861
OwnerVítkovice Aréna, a. S.
Capacity 10,004 [1]
Construction
Opened1986
Renovated2003–2004
ArchitectVladimír Dedeček
Tenants
HC Vítkovice
Interior of Ostravar Arena Ostrava, 2017 European Figure Skating Championships, Ostravar arena.jpg
Interior of Ostravar Aréna

OSTRAVAR Aréna (previously ČEZ Aréna, due to sponsorship reasons) is an indoor arena used mainly for ice hockey matches, in Vítkovice, Ostrava, Czech Republic. It opened in 1986, [2] and underwent a 23.3 million renovation in 20032004. It is the home of ice hockey club HC Vítkovice.

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The capacity of the arena is 9,779, plus 16 skyboxes, making it the fourth-largest hockey venue in the Czech Republic. The rink can be converted into seating for concerts, increasing the capacity to 12,500.

History

In November 2003, the arena was given the name ČEZ Aréna, [3] from July 2015 its name was Ostrava Aréna. [4] It was renamed OSTRAVAR Aréna after a local brewery in 2016. [1]

In May 2011, Ostrava's Deputy Mayor for Investment, Jiří Srba, announced a plan to invest 10 million CZK in the stadium in the same year. [5]

Events

The arena has hosted numerous international sporting events in its history.

In ice hockey, it was the main venue for the 1994 and 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships the secondary venue for the 2004 and 2015 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships with Prague's O2 Arena. [5]

Events in other sports include the 1986 FIVB Women's World Championship, [2] the 2005 UEFA Futsal Championship, group stage matches of the 2008 Men's World Floorball Championships. In 2010, the arena hosted the Table Tennis European Championships and the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women. [2] The Czech Republic Davis Cup team has also played at the arena.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Ostrava: OSTRAVAR ARÉNA - owner's website" (in Czech). arena-vitkovice.cz.
  2. 1 2 3 "Ostrava: ČEZ Aréna slaví 25. narozeniny" (in Czech). parlamentnilisty.cz. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  3. "Extraligové haly: od paláců až po stodoly" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 27 November 2003. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  4. http://ostrava.idnes.cz/ostrava-prisla-o-cez-arenu-z-nazvu-zmizelo-jmeno-letiteho-sponzora-1po-/ostrava-zpravy.aspx?c=A150708_154552_ostrava-zpravy_sme
  5. 1 2 "Vezme Plzeň Ostravě také mistrovství světa v hokeji?" (in Czech). denik.cz. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.

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UEFA Futsal Championship
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2005
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