Switzerland opens Worlds vs. Russia
by Martin Merk|01 AUG 2019
Face-off between Russia and Switzerland at the last IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) unveiled the game schedule of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Switzerland on 1st August, the country’s national holiday.

The biggest annual winter sports event will take place from 8 to 24 May 2020 in the cities of Zurich and Lausanne.

The four games of the championship’s opening day will see Olympic and World Championship medal winners of the past few years go head-to-head.
Host Switzerland will open the World Championship in the evening game of 8 May against Russia in a battle between recent medallists at the 11,200-seat Hallenstadion in Zurich that was reopened in 2005 after a year-long interior renovation. Russia won bronze earlier this year in Bratislava while Switzerland claimed the silver medals one year ago in Copenhagen.

The afternoon game of the opening day in Switzerland’s largest city will feature defending world champion Finland against Team USA. The other teams in Group B in Zurich will start on Saturday, 9 May with the games Italy-USA, Latvia-Norway and Switzerland-Kazakhstan.

Set to be inaugurated next month, the new 9,500-seat Malley Arena in Lausanne will feature recent silver medallist Canada facing Germany in the afternoon of 8 May. Sweden, the back-to-back world champion in 2017 and 2018, will then play the Czech Republic in the evening game.

The remaining teams of Group A in Lausanne will enter the stage on 9 May with Germany vs. Great Britain, Slovakia vs. Denmark and Belarus vs. Czech Republic.

Lausanne, the second-largest city of the French-speaking area in Switzerland, is a two-hour train ride away from Zurich making it easy for visitors to join games at both arenas.

Click here for the full game schedule.

The two groups, each consisting of eight teams, will be played in a single round-robin format until 19 May with the four best teams of each group advancing to the cross-over quarter-finals on 21 May. Two quarter-final games will be played in Lausanne and two in Zurich. If qualified, host Switzerland would play the evening game in Zurich.

Both semi-final games on 23 May as well as the medal games on 24 May will be played in Zurich.

The game schedule was announced on 1st August, the Swiss National Day that was celebrated in truly Swiss fashion by Cooly, the official 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship mascot who can’t wait to welcome hockey fans from around the world in Zurich and Lausanne next spring.

Next stage of ticket sale starts next month

The ticket sale for the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship has already started with the first stage in which preliminary round, final round and arena packages are currently available for each of the two venues.

In the next stage Day Tickets will become available Tuesday, 10th September 2019 with more information to be announced at the end of August on IIHF.com and the IIHF Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and VK pages. Follow-your-team packages for fans from other countries travelling to Switzerland will also go on sale. In February/March 2020 single-game tickets for games not already sold out will be made available.

Click here to buy tickets for the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.