Zug, Switzerland, a city of 28,000 people located in the heart of Switzerland just north of the Alps, about 30 minutes drive South of Zurich, are getting their preparations for the 2015 Mens and Womens World Ball Hockey Championships into full gear.

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A view of Zug from Lake Zug

Three stadiums for the world championship are being used, and all three are next to each other in the city of Zug, only six minutes away from the main train station and the center of town. Since fall 2010 Zug is home to the Bossard Arena, which happens to be home of Switzerland‘s most advanced ice hockey stadium. It’s the home stadium of the EV Zug, which plays in the highest ice hockey league in Switzerland. A stone’s throw from the Bossard Arena lays the training hall, which was built in the year 2000. However, this ice rink’s purpose isn’t training only; international ice hockey games as well as games of the lower leagues take place there. Right next to it lays the big Sports Hall of Zug. A special floor will be mounted for the world championship.

 Host committee Chairman & CEO Maurus Schonenberger

 Mr. Schonenberger is leading a team of over a dozen people helping to prepare the city to host over 600 athletes from over 20 countries.  According to ISBHF President George Gortsos, the city of Zug is building the equivalent of a miniature Olympic Village to house the athletes, coaches, referees, and other attendees.  The city expects attendance in the 5-10,000 person range each day for the duration of the tournament, with higher turnouts expected for key match-ups.

 

ISBHF Technical Director Christoph Curchod, also president of the Swiss association, is excited about the preparations in Zug. “The LOC under Maurus Schönenberger is doing an outstanding job. The infrastructure is perfect, the ways for the teams are short.” For Maurus Schönenberger the visit of the presidents of the associations was the starting shot for the final arrangements. “We’ve been working for two years, now it’s time to figure out the details. We are very confident that the world championship will be an amazing experience for everyone, especially the fans. At all events, one is enjoying the goodwill of both the authorities and the economy.