BRATISLAVA/KOŠICE – The Organizing Committee of the 2011 IIHF World Championship had a two-day pre-championship coordination meeting in Slovakia with IIHF representatives, Infront and other partners.
The twenty-member workgroup with IIHF Deputy General Secretary Hannes Ederer visited the Ondrej Nepela Stadium in Bratislava where IIHF representatives and partners inspected the ongoing construction work.
The different workgroups focused on the most important issues regarding the organization of next year’s World Championship including the championship preparation, organization and sports matters, accommodation, accreditation system, marketing matters and media facilities.
“The cooperation with the organizing committee is on a professional level and this meeting was of great significance in terms of the final preparation stage,” said Ederer.
“Along with the Organizing Committee members we are looking for alternative solutions for individual situations and we go more into details, but it’s these details that are essential in hosting a World Championship. The Slovak organizers bring a lot of new ideas and this along with our many years of experience helps us in our efforts to prepare a wonderful hockey experience for Slovakia.”
The work group visited Košice on Thursday and its members were pleasantly surprised by the changes made to the Ladislav Trojak Arena.
The venue got a new video screen along with information strips on both the east and west side of the arena and a revamped sound system.
“These new elements give the arena a specific atmosphere,” said Ederer in praise of the changes.
While the arena opened its doors already four years ago, a new practice rink is being built and the construction of parking facilities a stone’s throw away from the arena will begin soon.
“The decision to build the parking facilities is definitely a big plus for spectators,” Ederer added, leaving Slovakia with satisfaction.
The 2011 IIHF World Championship will be held in Slovakia next spring, April 29 to May 15. While Bratislava has been a co-host of the event in 1959 and 1992 during the Czechoslovak era, it will be the first time the event will be organized in Slovakia as an independent country.
Russia, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia (Group A), Finland, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Denmark (Group D) will play their preliminary-round games in Bratislava while Canada, Switzerland, Belarus, France (Group B), Sweden, the United States, Norway and Austria (Group C) will play the group stage in Košice. The first three teams of each group remain at their venue for the Qualification Round with three more games per team.
The game schedule is expected to be published by the end of August and the ticket sale for the 56 games begins in September.