ZURICH – The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation and the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation have announced their bids to host the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The championship will be allocated at the 2015 IIHF Annual Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, held during the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship next May.
Slovakia, 8th in the World Ranking, hosted its only IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship as an independent country in 2011, with Bratislava and Kosice as the venues. Bratislava was also one of the host cities in 1959 and 1992 when the event took place in Czechoslovakia.
The Slovak Ice Hockey Association currently intends to go again with Bratislava and Kosice as the host cities but it also keeps its options of another city open in case that a new multifunctional arena will be built elsewhere in the country.
Switzerland, 7th in the World Ranking, hosted the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in 1935, 1939, 1953, 1961, 1971, 1990, 1998 and most recently in 2009 in Berne and Zurich-Kloten. The venues for the 2019 bid have not been named yet as the domestic bidding process is going on. The Swiss Ice Hockey Federation plans to announce the bid venues in October.
Following their letter of intent, both applicants have now time until January 2015 to provide the IIHF with a detailed bid project plan and questionnaire with further information on their bids and venues.
The next IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships have previously been allocated to:
- Prague & Ostrava, Czech Republic, 1-17 May 2015
- Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia, 29 April - 15 May 2016
- Cologne, Germany & Paris, France, 5-21 May 2017
- Copenhagen & Herning, Denmark, 4-20 May 2018