The International Ice Hockey Federation and the German 2010 Organizing Committee announced the schedule for the 74th IIHF World Championship in Germany (Cologne, Mannheim & Gelsenkirchen, May 7-23, 2010) on Tuesday. One of the most-anticipated games in international hockey history will be played on opening day when the Germans take on USA in Schalke’s football stadium in Gelsenkirchen with a capacity of 75,976 fans.
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25-time World Champion Russia will begin its title defence against Slovakia on Sunday, May 9th in Cologne. 2009 silver medallist Canada will be in Mannheim and will kick off its championship on May 8th against Italy. Host Germany has USA, Denmark and Finland in its preliminary round group.
The 2010 World Championship will be played three months after the conclusion of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. 12 of the 16 teams will take part in both events. For Germany, 2010 is a key year to move back up the World Ranking after dropping down a few places due to a 15th-place finish at the 2009 World Championship in Switzerland.
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The games will be played in the 18,500-seat Lanxess Arena in Cologne, the 13,500-seat SAP Arena in Mannheim and naturally the opening game in the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen. The semi-finals, the bronze and the gold medal games will be played in Cologne, which is also where host Germany will play.
Nearly 90,000 tickets have been sold 290 days before the first face off. With the second ticket sales stage running, preliminary round tickets for a certain group/team (starting at € 62,50) as well as qualification/relegation round tickets for a certain venue (starting at € 125,50) and a first contingent of final round tickets (starting at € 189,50) are currently on sale.
Strongly requested are games of Group D with the German team as well as the entire final round, but tickets are still available in all categories. Some remaining tickets for the opening game can also be purchased within various package offers.
Day tickets will be on sale in September, single-game tickets in March 2010.