Swiss apply to host 2020 Worlds

Slovakia remains only applicant for 2019

12.01.2015
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The Hallenstadion in Zurich is home of the ZSC Lions, which won the Champions Hockey League in the 2008/2009 season. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images

ZURICH – The Swiss Ice Hockey Federation on Monday submitted an application to host the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and withdraws for 2019, which means that Slovakia remains the only applicant for the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

The Swiss announced that the 11,200-seat Hallenstadion in Zurich will be the main venue of the bid. The secondary host city remains open but Lausanne and Zug were named potential candidates.

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 Zurich region hosted the event four times. Before 2009, Zurich co-hosted the event with Basle in 1939, 1953 and 1998. In 1953 and 1998 the World Championship’s Zurich venue was the old version of the Hallenstadion, which was completely rebuilt in 2005 and hosted the 2009 Victoria Cup and the 2011 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.

Lausanne was a host in 1961 and will have its Malley rink renovated also in view of the bid for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Zug opened a new arena in 2010, which will be the main venue for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in April.

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 as a co-host with Prague when the event took place in Czechoslovakia.

The final bid venues for the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship bid will be named in the upcoming weeks. In September the Slovak Ice Hockey Association announced Bratislava and Kosice as potential candidates but also to keep its options of another city open in case that a new multifunctional arena will be built elsewhere in the country.

The next IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships have previously been allocated to:
  • Prague & Ostrava, Czech Republic, 1-17 May 2015
  • Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia, 6-22 May 2016
  • Cologne, Germany & Paris, France, 5-21 May 2017
  • Copenhagen & Herning, Denmark, 4-20 May 2018
MARTIN MERK

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