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O2 Arena
O2 Arena, od Českomoravské
Former names Sazka Arena (2004-March 2008)
Location Ocelářská 460/2 190 00 Prague 9 - Libeň, Czech Republic
Broke ground September 2002
Built 2004
Opened 27 march 2004
Operator BESTSPORT akciová společnost
Construction cost 8 billion Czech koruna
347 Million Euros
Architect ATIP, a.s. - Vladimír Vokatý, Martin Vokatý, Jiří Vít
Capacity Concerts: 18,000
Ice hockey:17,360
basketball:16,805
Tenants
HC Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga) (2004-Present)
Euroleague 2005–06 (Basketball) (2006)

O2 arena, formerly Sazka Arena, is a multifunctional arena in Prague, Czech Republic. It was built in time for the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.


Recent eventsEdit

In October 2008, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning opened the 2008–09 NHL season at the O2 Arena with two games.

In December 2008, the arena played host to the playoff matches of the 2008 Men's World Floorball Championships, including the 7:6 Finnish upset over Sweden.

HistoryEdit

The idea of building a new arena in Prague came on the heels of the "golden era" of Czech ice hockey: winning 3 gold medals in a row. The arena was proposed to be built in time to host the 2003 World Championship tournament in ice hockey, but due to unforeseen complications with the investors, the ice hockey governing body had to switch that tournament to Finland. The arena's main backer then became Sazka a.s., a Czech betting company.

The construction of the arena (which began in September 2002) was not without problems, but it finally finished in time to host the 2004 tournament.

In March 2008 the building was renamed O2 Arena.

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Preceded by
Zimní Stadion Eden
HC Slavia Praha
Home Arena

2004 – present
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
Hartwall Areena
Helsinki
IIHF World Championships
Final Venue

2004
Succeeded by
Wiener Stadthalle
Vienna

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