MUNICH – On Friday morning at 9:00, tickets for the 2010 IIHF World Championship went on sale and the early response exceeded all expectations.
Within the first six hours, 15,000 tickets for the opening game in the VELTINS-Arena of Schalke in Gelsenkirchen were sold. People formed long lines in front of the ticket shops. the call centre and internet server were even congested.
"We did expect high demand on the first day, but what we experienced today, exceeded all of our expectations," said Thomas Freyer with the organizing committee. "At noon we decided to enhance the capacities on all our sales channels." Freyer also expressed his excitement about the remarkable demand for package offers featuring the games in Cologne and Mannheim.
462 days before the first face-off, 20 percent of the tickets for the opening game are already gone or in other words: only 60.000 tickets to go until the world record.
Tickets for the opening game and a variety of attractive package offers for the games in Cologne and Mannheim can be purchased as follows:
- Internet: www.iihfworlds2010.com
- Ticket-Hotline +49 621 18 19 0 333 (usual fees for calls into German landline network)
- On-site Ticket Shops of LANXESS Arena (Cologne), SAP ARENA (Mannheim) and VELTINS-Arena (Gelsenkirchen)
The 2010 IIHF World Championship is May 7-23, 2010, in the LANXESS Arena in Cologne, the SAP Arena in Mannheim and the VELTINS-Arena in Gelsenkirchen. The Organizing Committee headed by DEB President Uwe Harnos and General Secretary Franz Reindl, hopes for 500,000 spectators in 56 World Championship games. Approximately 1,000 accredited journalists are expected, around 190 TV stations will broadcast into more than 100 countries. Some 800 million viewers worldwide will follow the 2010 IIHF World Championship on TV.