Last phase of ticket sale starts on Thursday
by Organizing Committee|25 FEB 2019
Slovak fans celebrate at an IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship game.
photo: Andrej Galica
The 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava and Kosice is approaching fast, and another landmark date in the lead-up to the tournament (10-26 May) is 28 February, when single-game tickets go on sale. This is the third and final stage of the ticket sale.
“With the start of the single-game tickets, it is important to note that tickets won’t be available in packages anymore,” said Slovak Ice Hockey Federation president Martin Kohut. “In all, we sold an amazing 74,000 day packages, but any tickets not sold from that stage will now be available as single-game tickets. This will be the means of sale from now until the end of the tournament.”
Tickets are available in two price categories. Preliminary-round tickets in Bratislava and Kosice can be purchased for €20-75 (1st category) or €10-60 (2nd category). Quarter-finals prices vary from €100 (1st category) to €70 (2nd category). For the semi-finals and medal games, played at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, tickets are €200 (1st category) and €160 (2nd category). 
Tickets for the bronze medal game cost €180 (1st category) or €145 (2nd category) and for gold medal game € 350 (1st category) or € 300 (2nd category). “VIP tickets will be sold as well,” said Michaela Grendelova, the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship organizing committee’s head of media and communication. “This package includes more comfortable seats and all concessions as well as a dedicated entrance.”
The process to purchase single seats stays the same. Fans must go to the official website and fill out the registration form, providing their full name, e-mail address, and mobile phone number to which they will be sent a verification code in a text message. Only after the verification will it be possible to buy tickets. This step was established early as a preventive measure against resellers. The measures in place for the Ticketportal stores are still the same as well. Tickets can be bought or booked only online on, and sales are limited to four tickets per person.
“Fans have two options,“ Kohut explained. “The first is to buy tickets that can be printed at home, and the second option is to generate an online booking code. In this case, fans can buy hard-copy tickets in one of the Ticketportal stores.”
It is important to note that fans should buy tickets only from authorized retailers and on the official website because these tickets have safety features to prevent counterfeiting.