Slovakia's Bratislava and Kosice to host 2011 Ice Hockey Championship
UPDATED December 1, 2008 - added info and visualisation of Bratislava stadium
Bratislava, May 19, 2006 (Bratislava-City.sk) - Slovakia has been selected to host the 2011 Ice Hockey World Championship together with the eastern Slovak city Kosice, annual congress of the International ice Hockey Federation decided.
In Bratislava after long fights over the location of a new hockey arena the authorities decided to upgrade the existing Ondrej Nepela Ice Rink. Its capacity will expand to over 10,000 seats. The arena will contain two new practice rinks, a new parking facility, as well as an adjacent hotel. Reconstruction should begin immediately after the 2008/2009 ice hockey season and be completed in 2010.
Slovakia's two largest cities Bratislava and Kosice beat the other candidates Sweden and Hungary, after Finland withdrew from the running.
The championship is scheduled to take place between April 30 and May 15, 2011.
Comments from our visitors:
Sergio wrote on 25.05.2010 at 00:52:59:
Go to Slovakia!
joe wrote on 30.03.2010 at 17:09:56:
the germans play hockey?
johnny wrote on 04.02.2010 at 03:44:21:
it was about time !!!!!
Sergio wrote on 15.02.2009 at 15:27:04:
Congratulations Slovakia! Myself and a group of Canadians have already begun planning the trip. We look forward to seeing your country and cheering with your hockey fans. Hope to see a Slovakia - Canada finals.
nv wrote on 10.10.2008 at 10:48:39:
It is a great chance for the tourism industry in Slowakia. Please remember that many of the German fans are campers, and need campsite in those 2 cities(!)
pg wrote on 13.06.2006 at 02:38:25:
Fantastic! Well done, it'll be great to further raise Slovakia's awareness abroad.