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OSTRAVAR Aréna
Ostravar Aréna
Former names Palác kultury a sportu (1986–2004)
ČEZ Aréna (2004–2015)
Ostrava Aréna (2015–2016)
Location Ostrava, Czech Republic
Opened 1986
Renovated 2003–2004
Owner Vítkovice Aréna, a. S.
Architect Vladimír Dedeček
Capacity 10,004[1]
Tenants
HC Vítkovice

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 Euro renovation in 2003 & 2004. It is the home of ice hockey club HC Vítkovice.

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.

HistoryEdit

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]

EventsEdit

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

In ice hockey, it was the main venue for the 1994 World Junior Championships and the secondary venue for the 2004 and 2015 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships with Prague's O2 Arena.[5] In 2020, it will again be the main venue for the World Junior Championships, co-hosting with Třinec's Werk Arena.

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ostrava: OSTRAVAR ARÉNA - owner's website", arena-vitkovice.cz. (cs) 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Ostrava: ČEZ Aréna slaví 25. narozeniny", parlamentnilisty.cz, 17 May 2011. Retrieved on 4 June 2011. (cs) 
  3. "Extraligové haly: od paláců až po stodoly", idnes.cz, 27 November 2003. Retrieved on 24 March 2012. (cs) 
  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. 5.0 5.1 "Vezme Plzeň Ostravě také mistrovství světa v hokeji?", denik.cz, 26 May 2011. Retrieved on 4 June 2011. (cs) 

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