Reconstruction of the arena is needed, even though it still one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the
In the same year, the home team from Vítkovice moved to the
Hockey games in the
Not only hockey is played in Vítkovice. It also hosted the World Handball Championship in February 1990 and from 1994-98, the IPB Czech Indoor Tennis Tournament where many world tennis stars showed their skills. Among others, Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Michael Stich, Wayne Ferreira, Jevgenyi Kafelnikov, Marat Safin, and Petr Korda came to play.
Tennis didn’t disappear from Vítkovice even after this tournament folded – the Czech Davis Cup Team hosted its opponents twice in Vitkovice. In 2002, it beat
In addition to all this, the
The Arena Vítkovice is not only a venue for sports either, many cultural events have taken place there, perhaps most noticeably, and certainly loudest of these being rock concerts. The legendary Deep Purple played in the arena in spring 1990, only three months after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Deep Purple were so taken by the fantastic atmosphere of the sold-out arena that they repeated their concert in Vítkovice three years later. Iron Maiden, King Diamond, Slade, Jethro Tull, Aerosmith, and the Scorpions are other rock groups which have come and proved that hard rock music has many fans in
Also world famous performers of “softer” genres such as Sting, Julio Iglesias, and Bonnie Tyler have performed in Vítkovice. The famous Czech singer Jaromír Nohavica, although usually refusing to play in big arenas, has had a concert in Vítkovice. All Czech pop stars play concerts in Vítkovice, recently, for example, the popular folk group Čechomor with guests Lenka Dusilová and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Lucie, the most popular Czech rock group will play in Vítkovice Arena on
This concert by Lucie was one of the last big events before its reconstruction. The hockey team has already moved to an arena in Ostrava-Poruba, where they will play most of their upcoming season. A happy surprise for its loyal fans could be a return to the reconstructed arena in time for play-off games, of course on the condition that the home team qualifies...
The 2004 IIHF World Championship should be the first prestigious event of the newly created company ARENA VÍTKOVICE. The company was established by the city of
The current capacity of the Vítkovice Arena is 9 300 spectators for hockey games. For concerts some 13 000 people could view the performance. The arena will keep the same parameters after reconstruction. Only during the 2004 IIHF World Championship will the capacity decrease to 9 100 viewers because of the placing of TV cameras and crews.