|Broke ground||September 2010|
|Tenants||Växjö Lakers (SEL)|
|Capacity||Ice hockey: 4,800|
Vida Arena is an indoor sporting arena located in Växjö, Sweden. The construction of the arena began in September 2010 and was finished in September 2011. The arena is the Växjö Lakers' new home arena. Although mainly intended to be used for ice hockey events, the Vida Arena is also used for other events such as concerts and news conferences.
As of the 2011–12 season, Vida Arena is the Elitserien's newest arena but has a spectator capacity of 4,800, making it the Elitserien's capacity-wise smallest arena. However, the design allows for future extensions that could increase the capacity to 6,500 spectators. The spectator capacity is planned for extension to 6,000 during autumn 2011.
The arena was officially inaugurated on 17 September 2011, in an ice hockey game between Växjö Lakers and Linköpings HC. The arena tickets for the game were outsold within just one hour, with the Lakers' marketing manager speculating that they could've sold out two arenas. Växjö Lakers former crowd favorite Shjon Podein watched the game live in the arena. Linköping won the game 4–2 in front of 5,502 spectators. However, the Lakers' premier game on 13 September, away against Frölunda HC, was shown on the Vida Arena's JumboTron in front of 2,400 spectators, with free entrance, as a preview of the Vida Arena experience and a test of the arena's technical features. Frölunda won the game 2–0.
The Vida Arena is the first cashless arena in Sweden. It is part of the project "Arenastaden" (Arena town), which also includes a new soccer arena, a floorball arena, and an arena for athletics. The Vida group acquired the naming rights for the arena in September 2010, for the upcoming 14 years.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 VIDA Arena - namnet på Växjö Lakers nya hockeyarena (Swedish). Vida group. Retrieved on 2011-08-13.
- ↑ Daniel Rydström (2010-09-25). Vida arena - i 14 år (Swedish). Smålandsposten. Retrieved on 2011-09-01.
- ↑ Kristian Ferm (2011-08-30). Fler stolar strular till det i Vida Arena (Swedish). Smålandsposten. Retrieved on 2011-09-01.
- ↑ Mats Wennerholm (2011-04-04). 'Inte ens Astrid Lindgren kunde' (Swedish). Sportbladet. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
- ↑ Daniel Enestubbe (2011-05-27). Snart plats för 6 000 åskådare (Swedish). Smålandsposten. Retrieved on 2011-09-01.
- ↑ Hampus Hagman (2011-09-06). Hade kunnat sälja ut två arenor (Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
- ↑ Jonas Gustavsson (2011-09-17). Förlust i hemmapremiären (Swedish). Växjö Lakers. Retrieved on 2011-09-17.
- ↑ Jonas Gustavsson (2011-09-16). Invigningsöverraskningen: Podein på plats i VIDA Arena (Swedish). Växjö Lakers. Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
- ↑ Frölunda-Växjö Lakers live i VIDA Arena (Swedish). Växjö Lakers (2011-09-09). Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
- ↑ Daniel Enestubbe (2011-09-09). Frölunda–Växjö live i Vida Arena (Swedish). Smålandsposten. Retrieved on 2011-09-10.
- ↑ Jonas Gustavsson (2011-09-13). 2 400 besökte VIDA Arena (Swedish). Växjö Lakers. Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
- ↑ Sveriges första kontantfria arena (Swedish). Växjö Lakers Hockey (2011-08-12). Retrieved on 2011-08-13.
- ↑ Arenastaden in Växjö (Swedish). Växjö. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
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