The construction of the first wooden hall began on the spot that had previously been covered by an open-air artificial iced surface; one of only a few in former Yugoslavia. First, the surface was encircled by bleachers, then, in 1954, additional wooden construction started taking shape. The work was stopped however, and the skating rink was left roofless. The hall was finally covered in 1978 after several repair jobs; but today's final image was not contributed by the international hockey tournament, but rather EuroBasket 2013, the first part of which was hosted in Jesenice. This season we'll be sure to return to Jesenice by mid-April to witness one of the matches of the Alpine Hockey League.
Je-se-ni-ce! … Sports fans from the central part of Slovenia have their own way of finishing the chant, but in the first part of the hymn of the Jesenice cheer group Red Stillers, the cheer represents the immense pride of belonging and living in their home city. The white-hot metal of the “red ironworkers” symbolises the strength and resilience of the foundry town.