Saturday morning, January 17th, 2015, went down in the history of Czech ball hockey as another significant milestone. The ISHBF congress decided about the host of the 2017 Ball Hockey World Championship. After eight years, the world’s elite teams will head to the Czech Republic again. The tournament will be hosted by the city of Pardubice!
It’s no accident that the congress was taking place in Pardubice. The Czech Ball Hockey Federation showed the candidate city of Pardubice to the congress participants. On Friday they visited the Tipsport Arena and watched an extraleague ice-hockey game between Pardubice and Plzeň. They also met the mayor of Pardubice Martin Charvát and other city councillors, who expressed their significant support to the city’s candidacy: “Pardubice is ready to support this international event and we believe that our city will not only be the city of gingerbread, horses and ice-hockey, but also the city of ball hockey,” said the mayor of Pardubice, Martin Charvát.
The Czech Ball Hockey Federation received further significant support from the Pardubice Region. On Saturday, the president of the Pardubice Region, Martin Netolický, visited the delegation at the congress in Hotel Euro. He arrived shortly after the actual voting that assigned the World Championship’s organization to Pardubice. “I am very glad that the 2017 World Championship will take place in Pardubice. For the Pardubice Region it is a great promotional opportunity,“ the president of the Pardubice Region, Martin Netolický, expressed his satisfaction.
“About one thousand players and hundreds of fans from all over the world will come to Pardubice. The last World Championship that took place in the Czech Republic saw record attendances in the arena in Plzeň. We would like to continue with the good work from that tournament and prepare an unforgettable World Championship”, Josef Kozel, the Czech Ball Hockey Federation president, added.
The World Championship will take place in June 2017 at both rinks of the Tipsport Arena in Pardubice.
Tipsport Arena is the top-equipped multipurpose hall, which belongs, due to its facilities and technical equipment, not only to high European standard, but is fully comparable to the best arenas overseas.
The Tipsport Arena in Pardubice has a capacity of 10,300 spectators, and offers visitors high comfort. Of course there are upholstered seats, the giant jumbotron screens and four large-screen scoreboards, but also the internal television circuit, through which viewers are still “in play”, even if they move out of the stands.
Tipsport Arena also has a completely equipped spaces for VIP visitors, disabled access and of course the press center, with extensive journalistic backgrounds. North side of the hall offers a refreshing in the tastefully furnished Bully’s Bar & Restaurant or Hattrick, which besides an excellent food and drink offers superb views directly onto the ice surface. An integral part of Tipsport Arena is a parking lot with a total capacity of 350 vehicles.
In the basement there are located dressing rooms, treatment room, reception, and connecting corridor between the arena and a small hall with a technical background for the operator.
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