“OSTRAVAR ARENA is a great arena. Although it is a big arena with two ice rinks, it doesn´t have an effect of monstrous sport arena. It is not intimidating, which is very positive aspect for figure skating”, Tomáš Verner, the European Figure Skating Champion from Zagreb 2008 says about OSTRAVAR ARENA.
This modern, multi-purpose arena was designed by architect Vladimir Dedeček and completed and inaugurated in 1986 as the largest and the most modern multifunctional hall of that time in Europe. Since then, it has been one of the Ostrava´s landmarks.
During its existence, OSTRAVAR ARENA has become a major sport and cultural center and a popular venue for national, European and world championships, concerts of the biggest pop stars, sports tournaments and other events.
The arena is a home to HC Vitkovice Ridera hockey team. In the past, it hosted several top ice hockey tournaments (U19 World Ice Hockey Championship in 1993 and the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships in 2004 and 2015).
At present, OSTRAVAR ARENA is one of the venues belonging to the company Vítkovice Arena. With its capacity of more than 10,000 seats, it is one of the largest multipurpose halls in the Czech Republic and thanks to modern technical facilities (including a hi-tech jumbotron), a number of different possible internal setups and a wide range of services, it can provide a perfect setting for most events.