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The following is a list of ice hockey arenas by capacity. Only those arenas that regularly host ice hockey games with paid admission (e.g. professional, major junior, or university) are included. Outdoor stadiums that have hosted occasional hockey games are not included. Buildings under construction are not included. Buildings which no longer host hockey matches are listed but not ranked, and the capacity for defunct buildings in the capacity at the time of closing unless otherwise mentioned. Buildings are ranked by their current capacity for hockey games, not for other events, which is often substantially different because of ice hockey's unique playing surface, the ice rink. Capacities do not include standing room tickets. All arenas with a capacity of more than 15,000 are included.

The majority of these arenas are in Canada and the United States, with a small number in Europe, none are on any other continent. Most of the largest arenas are home to professional teams, mainly from the National Hockey League (NHL). All thirty current NHL arenas are listed. None of teams in the top leagues in Finland (SM-liiga), Sweden (Elitserien), or in the international Kontinental Hockey League (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Russia), and only one team each in the top league of Germany (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) and Switzerland (National League A) play in an arena with a capacity larger than 15,000 and most play in arenas of less than 10,000, despite the reputation of these leagues as Europe's best, and the KHL's recent attempt to compete with the NHL for talent. More arenas in the junior Western Hockey League or minor-professional American Hockey League are in the above 15,000-seat class than in all of the European leagues combined. The sample of the best European venues can be indentified by examining the host sites of the Ice Hockey World Championships.

Arenas by capacityEdit

RankArenaCapacityCityCountryHome Team(s) (League, Dates)
defunct Thunderdome >28,183 St. Petersburg Flag of the United States Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) (1993–1996)
1 Bell Centre 21,273Montreal Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Canadiens
defunct Greensboro Coliseum 21,273 Greensboro Flag of the United States United States Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) (1997–1999), Carolina Monarchs (AHL) (1995–1997), Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL) (1989–1995), Greensboro Generals (EHL/SHL) (1959–1973)
defunct The Palace 20,804 Auburn Hills Flag of the United States United States Detroit Vipers (IHL) (1994–2001)
3 Joe Louis Arena 20,066 Detroit Flag of the United States United States Detroit Red Wings
4 United Center 19,717 (formerly 20,500) Chicago Flag of the United States United States Chicago Blackhawks
5 Wachovia Center 19,519 Philadelphia Flag of the United States United States Philadelphia Flyers
6 St. Pete Times Forum 19,500 Tampa Flag of the United States United States Tampa Bay Lightning
7 Pengrowth Saddledome 19,289 Calgary Flag of Canada Canada Calgary Flames, Calgary Hitmen
8BankAtlantic Center 19,250 Sunrise Flag of the United States United States Florida Panthers
9 Scotiabank Place 19,153 Ottawa Flag of Canada Canada Ottawa Senators
10 Scottrade Center 19,150 St. Louis Flag of the United States United States St. Louis Blues
defunct Izod Center 19,040 East Rutherford Flag of the United States United States New Jersey Devils (NHL) (1982–2007)
11 Air Canada Centre 18,819 Toronto Flag of Canada Canada Toronto Maple Leafs
12 HSBC Arena 18,690 Buffalo Flag of the United States United States Buffalo Sabres
13 RBC Center 18,680 Raleigh Flag of the United States United States Carolina Hurricanes
14 General Motors Place 18,630Vancouver Flag of Canada Canada Vancouver Canucks
15 Philips Arena 18,545 Atlanta Flag of the United States United States Atlanta Thrashers
16 American Airlines Center 18,532 Dallas Flag of the United States United States Dallas Stars
17 Lanxess Arena 18,500 Cologne Flag of Germany Germany Kölner Haie
18 Rose Garden 18,280 Portland Flag of the United States United States Portland Winter Hawks
19 Verizon Center 18,277 Washington Flag of the United States United States Washington Capitals
20 Madison Square Garden (IV) 18,200 New York City Flag of the United States United States New York Rangers
21 Nationwide Arena 18,136 Columbus Flag of the United States United States Columbus Blue Jackets
defunct Capital Centre 18,130 Washington Flag of the United States United States Washington Capitals (NHL) (1974–97)
22 Staples Center 18,118 Los Angeles Flag of the United States United States Los Angeles Kings
23 Xcel Energy Center 18,064 St. Paul Flag of the United States United States Minnesota Wild
24 Ford Center 18,036 Oklahoma City Flag of the United States United States Oklahoma City Blazers
25 Pepsi Center 18,007 Denver Flag of the United States United States Colorado Avalanche
26 Allstate Arena 18,000 Rosemont Flag of the United States United States Chicago Wolves
27= Bradley Center 17,800 Milwaukee Flag of the United States United States Milwaukee Admirals
27= Toyota Center 17,800 Houston Flag of the United States United States Houston Aeros
28 Jobing.com Arena 17,799 Glendale Flag of the United States United States Phoenix Coyotes
defunct Kemper Arena 17,647 Kansas City Flag of the United States US Kansas City Scouts (NHL) (1974–1976), Kansas City Blues (CHL) (1976–1977), Kansas City Blades (IHL) (1990–2001), Kansas City Outlaws (UHL) (2004–2005)
29 Prudential Center 17,625 Newark Flag of the United States United States New Jersey Devils
30 TD Banknorth Garden 17,565 Boston Flag of the United States United States Boston Bruins
31 Times Union Center 17,500 Albany Flag of the United States United States Albany River Rats (AHL) (1993-present), Albany Choppers (IHL) (1990-1991)
defunct Manchester Evening News Arena 17,500 Manchester Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Manchester Storm 1995-2002
32 HP Pavilion at San Jose 17,496 San Jose Flag of the United States United States San Jose Sharks
33 FirstOntario Centre 17,383 Hamilton Flag of Canada Canada Hamilton Bulldogs
34 Wachovia Spectrum 17,380 Philadelphia Flag of the United States United States Philadelphia Phantoms
35 O2 Arena 17,360 Prague Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic HC Slavia Praha
defunct Chicago Stadium 17,317 Chicago Flag of the United States United States Chicago Blackhawks 1929-1994
36 Honda Center 17,174 Anaheim Flag of the United States United States Anaheim Ducks
37 Sommet Center 17,113 Nashville Flag of the United States United States Nashville Predators
38 BOK Center 17,096 Tulsa Flag of the United States United States Tulsa Oilers
39 Jerome Schottenstein Center 17,200 Columbus Flag of the United States United States Ohio State Buckeyes
defunct Reunion Arena 17,001 Dallas Flag of the United States United States Dallas Stars (NHL) (1993–2001)
defunct Verizon Arena 17,00 North Little Rock Flag of the United States United States Arkansas Riverblades (ECHL) (1999-2003)
40 Mellon Arena 16,958 Pittsburgh Flag of the United States United States Pittsburgh Penguins
41 Rexall Place 16,839 Edmonton Flag of Canada Canada Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings
42 PostFinance Arena 16,789 Berne Flag of Switzerland Switzerland SC Bern
43 Qwest Center Omaha 16,680 Omaha Flag of the United States United States UNO Mavericks
defunct Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 16,433 Buffalo Flag of the United States Buffalo Bisons (AHL) (1940–1970), Buffalo Sabres (NHL) (1970–1996)
defunct Montreal Forum 16,400Montreal Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Maroons (NHL) (1924-1938), Montreal Canadiens (NHL) (1926-1996), Montreal Junior Canadiens (QJHL, OHA) (1933-1972), Montreal Voyageurs (AHL) (1969-1971), Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge (QMJHL) (1972-1975), Montreal Juniors (QMJHL) (1975-1982)
defunct Maple Leaf Gardens 16,307 (circa 1968) Toronto Flag of Canada Canada Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) (1931–1999), Toronto Marlboros (OHL) (1931–1989), Toronto Toros (WHA) (1974–1976)
44 Pacific Coliseum 16,281 Vancouver Flag of Canada Canada Vancouver Giants
45 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 16,234 > Uniondale Flag of the United States United States New York Islanders
defunct US Airways Center 16,210 Phoenix Flag of the United States United States Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) (1996–2003), Phoenix RoadRunners (ECHL) (2005–2009)
defunct McNichols Sports Arena 16,061 Denver Flag of the United States Colorado Rockies (NHL) (1976-1982), Colorado Flames (CHL) (1982-1984), Denver Grizzlies (IHL) (1994-1995), Colorado Avalanche (NHL) (1995-1999)
defunct The Forum 16,005 Inglewood Flag of the United States United States Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1967-1999)
defunct Amway Arena 15,948 Orlando Flag of the United States United States Orlando Solar Bears (IHL) (1995–2001),Orlando Seals (ACHL/WHA2) (2002–2004)
defunct Madison Square Garden (1925) 15,925 New York Flag of the United States United States New York Rangers (NHL) (1926–1968), New York Americans (1925-1942)
defunct Omni Coliseum 15,278 Atlanta Flag of the United States United States Atlanta Flames (NHL) (1972-1980), Atlanta Knights (IHL) (1992-1996)
46 XL Center 15,635 Hartford Flag of the United States United States Hartford Wolfpack
47 Wells Fargo Arena 15,581 Des Moines Flag of the United States United States Iowa Chops
defunct Winnipeg Arena 15,565 (1979-1996) Winnipeg Flag of Canada Canada Winnipeg Warriors (WHL) (1955-1961), Winnipeg Jets/Clubs/Monarchs (WCHL) (1967-1977), Winnipeg Jets (WHA, NHL) (1972-1996), Winnipeg Warriors (WHL) (1980-1984), Manitoba Moose (IHL, AHL) (1996-2004)
48 Colisée Pepsi 15,399 Quebec City Flag of Canada Canada Quebec Remparts
49 Kohl Center 15,237 Madison Flag of the United States United States Wisconsin Badgers
defunct KeyArena 15,177 Seattle Flag of the United States United States Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) (1977-1994, 1995-2009)
51 MTS Centre 15,015 Winnipeg Flag of Canada Canada Manitoba Moose
defunct Detroit Olympia 15,000 Detroit Flag of the United States United States Detroit Cougars/Falcons/Red Wings (NHL) (1927–1979)
defunct Met Center 15,000 Bloomington Flag of the United States United States Minnesota North Stars (NHL) (1967-1993)


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