The Ice Hockey Arena Standards

An ice hockey arena, or venue as many people refer to it, is a field where ice hockey events are held. Just like in any other sporting event, these fields are designed in a manner in which its possible for the players or participants to feel comfortable when carrying out the various activities on the field. Ice hockey as a game in the past has not been a highlight among sports enthusiasts, but in recent years, there has undoubtedly been a vast appetite for the game, which may be attributed to the increased participation regarding tournaments and sponsorship funds, which have helped move the game to a new level.

Ice hockey is one of many popular sports in the US, Canada, and Australia, with these countries investing a lot of resources and time towards the growth of the game. However, other countries are nowadays making huge steps towards the recognition of ice hockey among top sports such as football, rugby or tennis. It’s important to note that almost all major teams taking part in the various ice hockey tournaments are required to have an arena where their home games are held, but in some cases, you will find teams sharing a stadium, either for economic reasons or other unavoidable reasons.

International Standards

Hockey arenas, or rinks as many people prefer referring to them, throughout the world follow the internationally accepted standards, which are set by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), and measure 60 metres (197ft) by 30 metres (98.7ft), and have a corner radius of 8.5 metres (28ft). The field is further divided lengthwise by five lines marked on the ice surface; a goal line, a blue line, the red centre line, another blue line and lastly the final goal line. These divisions help the players mark the defending and attacking zones when playing the game.

Goal Posts and Nets

At the end of the ice on the rink, there is a goal on each side, that comprises of a metal frame and a cloth net, where the teams are required to put the puck to earn points. In both the NHL and the IIHF, it’s expected that the puck crosses the entire goal line for points to be awarded. The standard goal opening is 180 cm (72 inches) wide, 120 cm (48 inches) tall and the footprint is 110 cm (44 inches) deep. However, it is certainly vital to realise that some countries may have different field standards, which will also depend on the ages and level of the players, regarding game skills.