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An ice hockey phenomenon

The Belfast Giants made history in 2000, becoming the first professional ice hockey team on the island of Ireland. After three months on the road, the team took to their home ice in Belfast for the first time in December 2000. Their momentous sell-out opening night captured the hearts of an entire nation and started an ice hockey phenomenon that remains to this day. More than two decades on, the Giants call The SSE Arena, Belfast home, and have brought high-energy ice hockey to millions of fans over the last 23 years.

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During the 2022/23 season, the Giants made history by winning the domestic treble – Challenge Cup, Elite League and Elite League Playoffs trophies – for the first time in the club’s history.


Ice hockey spectators at The SSE Arena, Belfast in 2022/23


Average attendance to Belfast Giants home games in 2022/23


Belfast Giants Season Ticket Holders in 2022/23


Ice hockey games at The SSE Arena, Belfast in 2022/23

Club History

Odyssey Opens its Doors


The Belfast Giants made history on their sell-out opening night in the Odyssey Arena in December 2000, after three months of away games.

Boston Bruins Come to Belfast


The Boston Bruins come to Belfast to take on the Giants as part of their pre-season preparation for the 2010/11 NHL season.

The Friendship Four is Born


The Friendship Four is born, marking the start of a highly popular international ice hockey tournament that continues to this day.

IIHF World Championship


Belfast hosts the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship. Host nation, GB, won, kickstarting their climb to the top division.

Continental Cup


The Belfast Giants become the first Elite League side to host the Continental Cup Super Final.

Champions Hockey League


The Belfast Giants make their debut in the Champions Hockey League, Europe's premier club competition.

Giants Reborn


After 18 months out of action, the Belfast Giants made their highly awaited return to the ice.

Welcome, Finnula McCool!


The Belfast Giants’ family grew with the addition of a brand-new mascot, Finnula.

The Hockey Can't Stop Tour


A Belfast Giants All Stars team took on Ukrainian side Dnipro Kherson at The SSE Arena, Belfast, raising a total of £65,000.

Treble Champions


History was made in the 2022/23 season as the Belfast Giants became treble champions for the first time since the club’s inception.

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