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.
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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.
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)
Whitney Houston, 29 May 1988, 14,606
Sweden–Czechoslovakia (ice hockey), 12 September 1971, 13,963
Right Wing: 50 seats
Left Wing: 30 seats
(There is a hinged partition wall between these two premises that can be opened up.)
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
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.