Tampere has been chosen as the main host city for the 2022 ice hockey World Championships, as Helsinki plays a secondary role.
The city’s Tampere Deck Arena – which is still under construction – will be the home rink for all the teams from one group in the preliminary rounds; plus two quarter finals, the semi finals and final.
“We are incredibly proud and happy to be able to host the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Tampere Deck Arena” says Timo Nieminen, Executive Vice President of the arena’s owners SRV.
“The modern multi-purpose arena will offer players, fans and partners first class conditions to enjoy the event” he adds.
The Finnish Ice Hockey Association highlights the 15,000-seat venue’s location near transport links, and the city’s enthusiastic involvement in supporting the bid.
“The venue has symbolic value, as the first ever IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship played in Finland was the 1965 event organised in the newly-built Hakametsä Ice Hall in Tampere. In 2022 we will again have a brand new arena built on Tampere Deck” says the city’s Mayor Lauri Lyly.
Helsinki will host the other group stage teams at Hartwall Arena.
The 2022 ice hockey World Championships take place from 13th to 29th May.
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