The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships will return to the Czech Republic after nine years. The 2024 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships will be held in Prague and Ostrava from May 10 to 26, 2024. The Czech national team will play in the Czech capital.
This will be the 11th time the Czech Republic has hosted a world premiere ice hockey event. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) awarded the organization to the Czech Republic on May 24, 2019 during the 2019 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships in Bratislava. The Czechs will take over from Finland and Latvia, and the world’s best ice hockey players will once again compete for world medals in Prague and Ostrava in 2024. “Although there is still more than a year until the start of the competitions, the organizing committee is already working hard on the preparations. Our goal is to get as close as possible to the success of the IIHF WM 2015 and to offer spectators an intense sports experience. I am convinced that we will once again organize a hockey event Unforgettable in a breathtaking atmosphere. We want to remember it long after it’s over.” said Alois Hadamczyk, President of the Czech Ice Hockey Federation.
Nine years later, Prague and Ostrava again
The best ice hockey players in the world will compete in the Prague Arena with a capacity of approximately 17,500 spectators and in the Ostrava Arena with a capacity of 8,800 seats. Both arenas hosted the 2015 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships.”We have two ice hockey arenas that meet IIHF requirements. So the choice was clear. At the same time, we will be able to draw on the experience of 2004 and 2015, when the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships were held in the same places. The main advantage of the Prague Arena is its capacity, even by world standardsPeter Bříza, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships 2024, said introducing the two venues. This arena provides maximum comfort not only for the organizers, but also for the teams preparing for matches. Everything will be done under one roof, so we meet the highest requirements to organize the 2024 IIHF WM,” Adds Vladimir Shavik, General Secretary of the Organizing Committee.
Ostrava Arena has also been selected to host the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. “Ostrava is a city of sports. The Moravian-Silesian city has a special place in the hearts of sports fans not only in terms of hockey. I am very happy that we will host the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships again. We will use experience from previous events and I hope we can raise the level of organization again,” “ added Ales Pavlik, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Ostrava.
The home team will play all its matches in Prague, just as they did nine years ago. “One of the highlights of every hockey player’s career is standing on the ice with the captain’s armband on his jersey – and that at the World Championships in your home. The crowd won’t let you breathe, and the atmosphere will push you to give your all. For me personally, it was one of the strongest moments in my career. in hockey Mentions Jakub Voracek, captain of the Czech national team at the 2015 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships.
A total of sixteen national teams are divided into two groups in the preliminary round, where each team meets. The top four seeded teams from each group advance to the quarter-finals, which will be played as a crossover. The first-placed team in each group of the preliminary round plays the fourth-placed team from the other group, while the second-placed team plays the third-placed team from the other group.
Prague and Ostrava will see 28 matches in the preliminary round and the quarter-finals twice. The Prague Arena will host both the semi-finals, the bronze medal match and the final. This means that 34 matches will be played in the Czech capital and 30 in the Moravian-Silesian city. The exact composition of the teams will be known after the 2023 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships in Tampere and Riga in May, and the exact draw will be held in two groups in the fall of 2023.
Emoticon in the form of a puck plays the main role in the graphic identity
At the previous IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships, the logo was largely separated from the rest of the event’s graphic identity. “Our vision was to create a design that conveyed emotion and emotion as closely as possible. This relates to the unique celebration of hockey in the minds and hearts of fans,”ays Martin Klčo, marketing director for the agency that created the graphic identity. The inspiration and core of the resulting shape is the puck, which is really the main part of hockey. “The puck, the players, the fans, the Czech Republic. All of these are the beating heart of hockey during the Ice Hockey World Championships. These words are embodied in the design of the puck icons and in the 2024 IIHF WM heart logo from the game,” says Martin Chloe. The national side is also symbolized by the Czech colors used in the crest.