(originally known as Eisstadion Allmend
and Bern Arena
) is an arena
. It is primarily used for ice hockey
and is the home arena of SC Bern
. It was built in 1967
and holds currently 16,789 people. A characteristic trait of the PostFinance-Arena is the world's biggest standing room grandstand with a capacity of 11.862 people.
The Bern Arena is slated to be the main arena for the 2009 IIHF World Championships.
The PostFinance-Arena holds an Europe-wide record, having a 15,993 spectator average in the 2006/2007 season.
Due to its age and with an eye towards the upcoming 2009 IIHF World Championships, the arena is currently being renovated. The holder invested about CHF
100 million (~$100 million) into the extension and restoration of the building. It is planned to finish the modification before April 24, 2009, when the World Championships start. The interior of the arena will be nearly obtained, especially the steep standing room stand, which is very popular with the fans. However the VIP-zone will be entirely rebuilt and the capacity there will be extended by about 500. The total capacity will remain at about 17,000 spectators.