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    IIHF First game of IHWC 2010 with attendance of 75,976?

    German hockey association DEB today confirmed that the opening game of the IHWC 2010 will be played in the "Auf Schalke" football arena in Gelsenkirchen. Capacity is 62.000 for football games, but for the IHWC opener, they want to make space for 75,976, which would set a new world record for hockey games.
    This will not be the first winter sports event in "Auf Schalke", there is a Biathlon event every year in the arena. The IHWC 2010 starts on May 7th, 2010 and tickets will be available from January 30th.

    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/n...html?tx_ttnews[backPid]=955&cHash=0b3e1dc8a6

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    Alert Red Machine

    Even though Russia won't play there I think a couple of Russian fans (me and my wife) will be there... :)
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    Got tickets already for this one :) Always wanted to see an outdoor game!

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    Carpo, I am really sorry, but this will not be an outdoor game. They will close the roof. Anyway, being part of trying to break a world record is good enough.

    @ DIN: It's about 30 km bicycle ride from my home... :)
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    How shall they manage to get over 75k people to ha hockey game in germany:p

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    Quote Originally Posted by leksandstars View Post
    How shall they manage to get over 75k people to ha hockey game in germany:p
    Anyway, they will. It is the opening game of the world cup, so i guess it will be sold out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leksandstars View Post
    How shall they manage to get over 75k people to ha hockey game in germany:p
    By tramway and motorbus. I wouldn't go there by car

    To be serious, they stopped ticket sales after selling more than 60.000 tickets in a few days, because 15.000 ticktes are to be offered to fans of the other team.
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    They have hockey in Germany?

    Nah! I'm kidding. I wish I could attend this, I'm saving for Vancouver.

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    Where can I find tickets???

    I born in Koln (Frechen) and I want to go there again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jokos_31 View Post
    Where can I find tickets???

    I born in Koln (Frechen) and I want to go there again...
    First phase of ticketing has already finished. There will be a second phase as soon as the second team is known.

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    Wow this woul be so cool! Its huge for international hockey...

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    I hope they play Switzerland. Nice little rivalry building between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kun View Post
    They have hockey in Germany?
    As we could see right now, there is no hockey in Germany. But the IHWC 2010 will be held here.
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    According to Aldair's ranking in the other thread Finland, USA and Denmark will be in the same group with Germany. Is there any preference in the German side between these teams? I was thinking that if USA had made it to the finals, they would have had a strong chance but maybe now the choice will be Finland. Likely they will have a stronger team than USA next year and more fans would travel to the site.
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    Newspapers here write about Finland. No one considers USA.
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    It makes sense to take Finland since they'll have a large followship at the World Championships while you might get a few dozen Americans, if that.
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    In the end Germans decided to go with USA in the opening match. Too bad, it would have been great to see Finland play in such a huge arena. Has there been any reasons given to this choice in the German media?
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    I have not read about any reasons, but for sure this was a big surprise for everyone here. Previously media reported it as a fact, that Finland would take part. Anything else was not considered. The german fans don't seem to be happy with the decision. Most would have liked to play against Finland. More guest fans would show up, and the fans from Finland always create a good atmosphere. By the way, I heard a rumour that it was not a decision by the german hockey federation. But that's just a rumour.
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    More beer for Suomi fans!!! Therу will be a VERY BIG mistake if Finland won't play here... a small group of Russian fans won't be able to cover all losts of unsold beer... :)

    P.S.: Tux, will you have two bikes for us to go to the Arena?! ;)
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    The same bikes as last time. But how to get back? :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shardik View Post
    In the end Germans decided to go with USA in the opening match. Too bad, it would have been great to see Finland play in such a huge arena. Has there been any reasons given to this choice in the German media?
    Finland was IIHF's first choice to face Germany in the opening game but the Finns declined the honor. The reason was that the game is played a day earlier than the other opening round games. Due to Olympics SM-Liiga finals might finish only in early May leaving the team only a few days of preparation with full roster. Personally I don't understand this. It's a great marketing opportunity and the number of players coming from SM-Liiga finals is not going to be huge in any case.
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    anybody worried about a blowout situation? i guess the NHL playoffs make U.S. weaker then olympics but still a lop sided, they should have played denmark for a equal northern european match up.

    i hope this helps hockey in germany not gives it an embarssament.

    maybe im pessimist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLAJA View Post
    anybody worried about a blowout situation? i guess the NHL playoffs make U.S. weaker then olympics but still a lop sided, they should have played denmark for a equal northern european match up.
    That would be hard to sell in Germany. Hockey fans know that Denmark is present in the IHWC since 2003. I admit I had to look up the exact year... Outside the hockey scene most people have not heard about Denmark playing hockey at a high level. You know, bad media coverage. For this event new audience is needed. To get new audience, an opponent is necessary, which is known to the public to play good hockey. And to be honest: If there is a good chance for team Germany to beat team USA at an IHWC, it is in the first match.

    However a match against Switzerland or Austria would have been something else. But Denmark is not supposed to be a rival in anything (like Austria) or hockey (and tax fraud , like Switzerland). Denkmark is just a friendly country in the north, where the Lego bricks come from. Nothing to motivate people to join the match.
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    the US team is going to be extremely weak. i'll be putting my money on Germany to win in front of the home crowd

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    Quote Originally Posted by tux96 View Post

    However a match against Switzerland or Austria would have been something else. But Denmark is not supposed to be a rival in anything (like Austria) or hockey (and tax fraud , like Switzerland). Denkmark is just a friendly country in the north, where the Lego bricks come from. Nothing to motivate people to join the match.
    aha! OK
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Helix- View Post
    i'll be putting my money on Germany to win in front of the home crowd
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