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The following is a list of ice hockey arenas by capacity. Only those arenas that regularly host ice hockey games with paid admission (e.g. professional, major junior, or university) are included. Outdoor stadiums that have hosted occasional hockey games are not included. Buildings under construction are not included. Buildings which no longer host hockey matches are listed but not ranked, and the capacity for defunct buildings is the capacity at the time of closing, or last use for hockey, unless otherwise mentioned. Buildings are ranked by their current maximum capacity for hockey games, not for other events—which is often substantially different because of ice hockey's unique playing surface, the ice rink. Capacities do not include standing room tickets. All arenas with a capacity of more than 15,000 are included.
The majority of these arenas are in Canada and the United States, with a small number in Europe; none are on any other continent. Most of the largest arenas are home to professional teams, mainly from the National Hockey League (NHL). All 31 current NHL arenas are listed. None of the teams in the top leagues in Finland (Liiga) or Sweden (SHL), and only one team each in the top league of Czech Republic (Czech Extraliga), Germany (Deutsche Eishockey Liga), Switzerland (National League A) and the international Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) (Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, and, Slovakia), play in an arena with a capacity of 15,000 or larger.
Arenas by capacity
Defunct arenas by seating
In this table, "defunct" refers to its status as an ice hockey venue. Many of the venues listed here remain in use for other sports.
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- The Kohl Center also hosted Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey from 1998 to 2012. The women's team now plays in its own facility, the considerably smaller LaBahn Arena.
- This venue was built for baseball and has a much larger capacity than any hockey-specific arena ever built, but it was never filled to capacity in the three years ice hockey was played there. The record for a Stanley Cup playoff game — 28,183 — was set here on April 23, 1996, during a Tampa Bay Lightning – Philadelphia Flyers game.
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- Total capacity of 17,959 with approximately 1,600 in standing room subtracted.
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