CASCAIS, Portugal – Denmark and Latvia have formally applied to host the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Both countries have already applied in the past, most recently with a joint bid for Copenhagen and Riga that lost against another joint bid – Cologne, Germany and Paris, France – for the hosting rights in 2017.
Denmark, 12th in the 2013 IIHF World Ranking, is the best-ranked nation that has never hosted the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the tournament’s long history. But the country that has been playing at the top level since 2003 is eager to get the event onto Danish soil.
The 12,000-seat Copenhagen Arena in the country’s capital, which is expected to open in 2015 and was part of the 2017 bid, is proposed as the main venue and the 12,500-seat Boxen Arena in Herning that opened in 2010 as the secondary arena.
But representatives of the Danish Ice Hockey Association have not excluded reaching out to neighbours Sweden (Malmö) or Norway (Oslo) as an option for the second venue. The decision regarding the second venue must be submitted to the IIHF latest on January 10, 2014.
Latvia, ranked 11th and famous for its fans travelling around the world to support their national team, has hosted the World Championship once and has been playing in the top division since 1997.
Same as in 2006, Latvia proposes to host the World Championship in two venues in its capital of Riga.
The country’s premier venue is the Arena Riga that was built for the 2006 IIHF World Championship. The 10,600-seat arena has since then hosted several other international tournaments and is home to the KHL team Dinamo Riga.
The 2014 IIHF Annual Congress, held 22-24 May 2014 in Minsk, Belarus, during the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, will vote on the allocation of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.