Place for 5,000 people in the arena, of which 3.500 would be seating has been the requirements of the clubs in the top division.
But not anymore.
In the association's conferences of presidents, it was decided to licenskravet on the audience capacity will not apply from next season.
– From the previous experience and after the replies on the serieutredningen shown that there is no longer support for a requirement on the audience capacity in the Swedish hockey, it has felt important for us to act, " says president Anders Larsson in a news release.
recently won the qualifying against Timrå and play in the SHL next season, it means that the club does not need to rebuild the stadium to play their matches at home. Previously associations, among others Karlskrona, forced rebuild to cope licenskravet.
The Ask–Give Hockey center, with the audience capacity of 3.275 and around the 1,750 of these is the seating, will be deemed to be an approved SHL-arena.
– When it comes to the regulatory framework, it is also important for us to have respect for the municipal decision-making process, therefore, that when it comes to ice rinks and arenas are the Swedish association of local authorities our main partners, " says Larsson.
also, the decision provides an opportunity for exemption at the licensprövningar for the seasons 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 for the clubs who have been forced to ”rapid and costly changes in order to live up to the requirement two months later, and where the requirement affected the amount of equity in such a way that the association of the reason, can not live up to licenskravet on equity”.
Other arenakrav – in terms of safety, economy, organization and youth – will remain.