It was only 2 weeks ago where I said this whole outdoor hockey is becoming a trend, and it’s only a matter of time before someone does it in one of the big Euro football stadiums setting an attendance record. I thought It’d be Russia to do it first, so I was wrong on that, even though this German stadium looks indoors (maybe an attractable roof?). Well who knows, maybe Russia will do something like this in the next year on a short notice.
In my opinion this is the best idea for the World Championships ever. It creates a bigger buzz for the tournament, and more (better) players will maybe want to play in the tournament. Not all the best can play in the tourney because of the NHL playoffs, but a lot of good players usually skip it because of fatigue from the NHL season.
On May 7, 2010, history will be made as the opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Championship will be played in a football (soccer) stadium with a potential capacity of 75,976.
Should the Germans sell out the game, it would create a new world record for hockey attendance in a single game, breaking the current record of 74,554, which was set between American University teams Michigan State and Michigan in East Lansing, Michigan in 2001. Tickets for the opening game are already available and cost 19 Euros (standing). The lowest priced seating ticket is 29 Euros.
Team Germany is planned to skate in the historic opening game, with potential opponents being Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland or the Czech Republic.
The 2010 IIHF World Championship takes places between May 7-23, 2010 in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne and the SAP Arena in Mannheim. The German Organizing Committee expects 500,000 spectators at 56 games. Approximately 1,000 accredited journalists as well as around 190 TV stations will broadcast from Germany into more than 100 countries. Some 800 million viewers worldwide will follow the 2010 IIHF World Championship on TV.