Next year to Dresden

Capital of Saxony to host InLine Hockey Worlds

INGOLSTADT – Following a meeting of the tournament directorate on Monday the team representatives saw a presentation from the organizing committee of the 2013 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship that will be hosted in Dresden, Germany.

The dates for the event will be 2-8 June 2013.

Dresden is the capital of the state of Saxony with approximately 520,000 inhabitants and it’s a centre of art, architecture, music and sports in the eastern part of Germany.

Teams will be served through the international airport in Dresden that can be reached through direct flights or with connecting flights via Frankfurt or Munich. The next bigger airports are Berlin and Prague.

The local host will be the city’s ice sports club ESC Dresden, whose ice hockey team Eislöwen (ice lions) plays in Germany’s second league.

The club was founded in 1992 after the German re-unification because the government endorsed ice hockey in only two cities in East Germany during most of the DDR era. The club has now 500 members.

The Energie Verbund Arena was built in 2007. It has 4,127 seats in the main arena and there’s a second rink with a capacity for 300 spectators. The arena was also used as one of the venues for the 2011 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

The 2014 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship will be staged in Pardubice, Czech Republic, after the city 100 kilometres east of Prague successfully hosted the event in 2011.

Finland intends to apply for hosting the 2015 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship in Tampere.

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