Ice Stadium Ondrej Nepela

The largest stadium in Slovakia with a capacity of 10,000 spectators. The history of the ice stadium began on December 14, 1940. On this day, the first public ice surface has been opened exactly on the place where now Slovnaft Arena stands. In 1948 and 1949, concrete bleachers have been built around the ice surface with a capacity of 11,000 standing people. In 1958, the ice surface has been covered with a roof due to the European Figure Skating Championships. Also, an additional 4,000 seating places have been built. The penultimate major reconstruction took place between 1990 and 1992. It was a major change of the interior of the hall. This was because Bratislava was hosting the 1992 Ice Hockey World Championships. The locker rooms have been renovated, the standing sector has been abolished and the stadium received a new steel roof. The final reconstruction of the stadium began on April 23, 2009, due to the Ice Hockey World Championships in 2011. It included a change of the roof construction as well as a change of the whole technology. A second training surface has been added. The capacity of the stadium increased to 10.055 places. During the reconstruction, up to 80% of the original stadium has been demolished. The Ondrej Nepela ice stadium is located in the New City Bratislava district, on the street Odbojárov 9.