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Congress assigns 2019 World Championship

Published 18.05.2018 18:20 GMT+4 | Author Martin Merk
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Bratislava and Kosice hosted the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship last time in 2011 and hope to give hockey fans another festival. Photo: Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images
The 2015 IIHF Annual Congress allocated the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in 2019 and 2020 to Slovakia and Switzerland respectively.

Slovakia will organize the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava and Kosice from 10-26 May 2019 at the same venues that successfully hosted the 2011 Worlds for the first time in history of Slovakia as an independent country. Bratislava was also a co-host in 1959 and 1992 during the Czechoslovak era.

A city of 650,000 inhabitants in the region, the Slovak capital of Bratislava has 4.2 million people in a 100-kilometre radius including Vienna. The arena of Slovan Bratislava has a capacity of 10,040 seats for hockey and two practice rinks under the same roof.

Kosice is the country’s second-largest city with a population of 240,000. The secondary arena offers 8,347 seats and an additional ice sheet for practices.

In the presentation former Slovak star forward Miroslav Satan addressed the Congress:

“The atmosphere was truly exciting in 2011 not only for players but for hockey fans from all around the world. All the country got the fever for two weeks and we were able to showcase Slovakia all around the world.”

Following the decision at the last Congress, both the 2019 and 2020 editions were allocated with Slovakia and Switzerland as the only applicants.

Under the slogan “Love Ice Hockey” Switzerland will host the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Zurich and Lausanne.

Future World Championships:
2019: Bratislava & Kosice, Slovakia
2020: Zurich & Lausanne, Switzerland
2021: Minsk, Belarus & Riga, Latvia
2022: Tampere & Helsinki, Finland

The article was originally published on 15 May 2015.

 

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