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.
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[img1]The finals of the European Trophy - the Red Bulls Salute - will be played from December 13th to December 16th, 2012 in Vienna and Bratislava. It will be the first time the Red Bulls Salute, an invitational tournament that became the final of the European Trophy in 2010, will not be played in Salzburg.
Launched as the Red Bulls' invitation tournament and now the highlight of their international calendar, the event continues to break new ground and after seven years it will, for the first time, not be staged in Salzburg. The Red Bulls Salute 2012 is seeking new international challenges and this year will, in addition to Vienna - which was added as a venue last year - take place for the very first time in Bratislava (Slovakia).
Maros Krajci, General Manager of Slovan Bratislava Hockey Club says: "Bratislava is looking forward to welcoming the final tournament of the most prestigious ice hockey club competition in Europe. The city proved to be a fine host of the last year´s IIHF World Championship in its modernized 10,000 seat arena. Bratislava will get another great opportunity to foster its international image and attractiveness on the background of a first-class sporting event. For me personally, hosting Europe´s best hockey clubs will be a first-class gift for our enthusiastic fans at the end of the year in which we celebrate the 90th anniversary of playing ice hockey in our city."
Red Bulls Salute 2012 in schedule Bratislave:
Thurday 13.12. 17:00: HV71 Jönköping - Tappara Tampere
Thurday 13.12. 20:30: HC SLOVAN Bratislava - Färjestads BK Karlstad
Saturday 15.12. 20:30: semifinals
Sunday 16.12. 20:00: finals