Arena facts about Scandinavium

Scandinavium was designed by Poul Hultberg, and opened on 18 May 1971 as part of Gothenburg’s 350th anniversary celebrations.
In 1991, the facility was extended with a new entrance, restaurant, offices and dressing rooms. In 2006, Scandinavium was completely repainted in silver grey and decorated with spectacular lighting that changes colour depending on the event.

In 1999, Got Event took over as events operator at Scandinavium. The arena is owned by Higab.

  • 1991 – the facility was extended with a new entrance, restaurant, offices and dressing rooms.
  • 2006 – Scandinavium was completely repainted in silver grey and decorated with spectacular lighting that changes colour depending on the event.
  • In autumn 2012 and spring 2013 all the seats were upgraded and given new colours.
  • 2017 – accessibility was improved and the brand new Glöd Kök & Bar restaurant opened, with space for 700 guests. Arena Bar & Restaurant changes its name to Pouls Restaurang.

Spectator capacity

  • For sport events: approx. 12,000
  • For music events: approx. 14,000 (with stage located in centre of arena)

Restaurant space at the arena

Max. capacity: 2,400 people (with straight tables installed)

Attendance record

  • Whitney Houston, 29 May 1988, 14,606
  • Sweden–Czechoslovakia (ice hockey), 12 September 1971, 13,963
  • Mia Skäringer Lázár is the record holder for most sold-out performances at Scandinavium. Over 55,000 people saw her show Avig Maria - No More Fucks To Give during a total of six sold-out performances.

Conference facilities

  • Right Wing: 50 seats
  • Left Wing: 30 seats

(There is a hinged partition wall between these two premises that can be opened up.)

Restaurants

  • Pouls restaurang with space for 350 guests (of which 230 seated), renovated 2011/2017.
  • Glöd Kök & Bar with space for 700 guests (of which 372 seated).
  • VIP lounge with three bars (Star Bar, Millibar, Indians Bar), 250 seated guests or up to a maximum capacity of 400.
  • Legends Bar: 400 people
  • Foajébaren: 130 people
  • Offside: 30 people
  • Backstage: 40 people
  • Slottet: 40 people
  • Rinkside Bar: 200 people
  • McDonald’s
  • Kiosks

Stadium floor

  • Ice hockey: 1,800 square metres
  • Boards with plexiglass, allowing play with NHL measurements
  • Entire stadium floor: 4,100 square metres (excl. retractable seating)
  • Unobstructed height: 14 metres
  • Audience foyer: approx. 3,000 square metres

Scandinavium is the home stadium of the Frölunda Indians ice hockey team.