BRATISLAVA – The waiting for the ticket sales for the 2011 IIHF World Championship finally comes to an end. The first ticket packages found their new owners when the ticket sales started on Monday at 11am.
The owner of the first World Championship ticket was long-serving Slovak team captain Miroslav Satan, who received his ticket 214 days before the start of the World Championship in Slovakia. The four-time Olympian, who played 1,050 NHL games, received the symbolic ticket from the mascot, Goooly, in one of the official Ticketportal outlets.
“The Organizing Committee has been receiving phone calls and e-mails for weeks. This shows how huge the interest in tickets is,” the Organizing Committee’s chairman Igor Nemecek said. Around 350,000 spectators in the two venues in Bratislava and Košice are expected and an estimated TV audience of 800 million viewers.
Championship games can be witnessed first-hand for as little as 10 Euros (Relegation Round in Košice, category 2). Preliminary Round tickets cost between 30 and 55 Euros and packages for six games are available from 150 Euros.
Tickets will be sold in three stages. Event passes (32 games in Bratislava or 24 games in Košice) and round tickets (Preliminary Round, Qualifying/Relegation Round, Final Round) are on sale starting from today. Day tickets will be on sale from 1st December and single-game tickets can be purchased starting from 1st February.
Already 3,800 ticket were bought and 23,800 reserved after three hours. Packages for Group A (Russia, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia) are currently unavailable due to the high demand, but further packages will be available next week.
For further information about the 2011 World Championship and ticket prices visit http://2011.iihfworlds.com
Tickets can be purchased as follows: