An Arena for the Future

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After two years of construction, there is now a light at the end of the tunnel for the Vaudoise Aréna in Lausanne. With the successful laying of ice on Tuesday, it appears that the arena will be ready for the Lausanne HC‘s season opener in September.

Beyond being the home of Lausanne HC, the grand multipurpose arena will also host local water sports teams, fencing and table tennis.

2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games and World Ice Hockey Championship

The decision to demolish the previous sports arena – La Patinoire de Malley – was taken after an agreement between the Municipalities of Lausanne, Prilly, Renens, Lausanne Region and the Council of State. The planned new larger and modern facilities were the centerpieces of Lausanne and Canton Vaud’s bid for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. The ice rink is to be operational in September 2019, and the pool in 2021.

In spring 2020, the Vaudoise Arena will host the World Ice Hockey Championship, shared with Hallenstadion arena in Zurich. The seating capacity during the tournament will be reduced from its natural capacity of 9,600 seats to 8,500. Eight international teams in the tournament’s Group A will play 28 games on the new rink.


New Investor, new name

The arena was not originally planned to be called Vaudoise, but rather the Espace Malley. In September last year, however, a naming agreement was made with the insurance company Vaudoise Assurances.

Beyond being the home of Lausanne HC and other sports teams, the site consists of an extended hospitality area with restaurants and bars, VIP areas and spectator boxes and several conference rooms.

This is an extraordinary entertainment and sports center that provides exciting facilities and new sporting opportunities for the region.





Diana Boldrini Diana Boldrini

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

Perhaps the best ice hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky, clearly knew what he was talking about. Following my heart and seizing opportunities is something that I always strive for.

Whether creating impactful international high profile events; coordinating with contacts inside and outside my organization while providing quality administrative support; or providing personalized 5-star WOW-moments within the hospitality industry, the customer is always my key focus.


By being proactive and understanding and anticipating what customers want before they do. By being creative and having a solution minded approach with a "can-do attitude".

As an altruist, what drives me most at work is to be a part of a dynamic team and collaborate to reach a collective success. I genuinely care for colleagues and clients and love to build and nurture good relationships. For me, my passion for sport has the same impact in bringing people together.

I also love adding sparkles to my life and enjoy a "fika" (Swedish term for a casual social meeting over coffee and a pastry) while talking about ice hockey, ice hockey and ice hockey.

Another great man, Muhammed Ali, also said it well and this is one of my favorite mottos.

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