Yayla Arena


Krefeld, Germany


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December 2004

Yayla Arena

ich, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Yayla Arena

ich, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Yayla Arena

Raymond Tellers, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Yayla Arena is an ice rink in Krefeld, Germany. It is mainly used for ice hockey where the Krefeld Pinguine play their home games.


  • RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky

The Königpalast, also known as the Yayla Arena as of 2019, is a multi-purpose hall located in Krefeld, Germany. The construction of a new hall to be used primarily by the Krefeld Penguins had been requested for some time, especially by ice hockey fans and club officials. The Rheinlandhalle, the former home of the Penguins, dating from the 1930s, no longer met the requirements of a modern ice sports arena. The city of Krefeld’s plan to build a multi-purpose arena sparked a discussion among the population about the usefulness of an arena in view of several event arenas in the region, such as the Philipshalle in Düsseldorf, the ice sports center in Grefrath or the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, as well as the city’s difficult budgetary situation. Another point of discussion was the location of the new arena. On the one hand, a location in the immediate vicinity of Krefeld’s two existing ice rinks on Westparkstraße, and on the other hand, construction on an industrial site at the rear exit of Krefeld’s main station in the southern part of the city were discussed. Finally, on February 1, 2001, the city council decided to build a new multipurpose arena on Westparkstrasse. Following the relevant tenders, Hochtief Construction AG was commissioned with the planning and construction of the arena. The architect was RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky from Düsseldorf.

In February 2003, the Duisburg-based brewery König-Brauerei was awarded the naming and bar rights for the arena at a cost of approximately 5 million euros. In June 2003, a lease agreement was finally signed between Krefelder Bau GmbH as investor and developer and Seidenweberhaus GmbH as operator of the hall. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on August 27, 2003, and the roof ceremony was held on May 7, 2004. On December 4, 2004, the arena was finally opened with a Sarah Connor concert. The first LED match took place on December 17, 2004, when the Krefeld Penguins played against the Berlin Eisbären in front of more than 7,500 spectators.

On December 21, 2006, a malfunction occurred in the arena’s cooling system, causing very small amounts of ammonia to escape. After the incident, the Penguins played and practiced again in the Rheinlandhalle, as the coolant was stored in tanks and the ice surface had thawed. The arena remained available for events without ice. About two months after the event, the arena was available again


Westparkstraße 111,
47803 Krefeld, Germany


Resident Teams
Ice Hockey DEL2

Krefeld Pinguine

Latest Update - 14.02.2023