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Tampere is the main venue for the 2022 Ice Hockey World Championship

Published 20.6.2019 10.21

City of Tampere has been confirmed as the main venue for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. One preliminary round group, two quarterfinals, semifinals and final games will be played at Tampere Deck Arena, which is under construction and estimated to open in the latter part of year 2021. Dates for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship are May 13-29.

Havainnekuva Tampereen areenasta

- For us this is great news. We really look forward to coming to Tampere: brand new arena will offer us an outstanding setting for the event. The location next to the railway is excellent, arena is easily and ecologically reached from around Finland. In addition, the involvement of the city is outstanding, which means a lot for the organizer, says Heikki Hietanen, General Secretary of the Organizing Committee.

For Tampere, city known as the hockey capital of Finland, it is an honor to host the IIHF World Championship.

Lauri Lyly, Mayor of Tampere, also states the symbolic meaning of the venue.

- The first ever IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship played in Finland was the 1965 event organized in the newly built Hakametsä Ice Hall in Tampere. In 2022 we will again have a brand new arena built on Tampere Deck. Also, our tram network will open conveniently before the event.

IIHF Vice President Kalervo Kummola says that getting a new arena to Tampere has been a long process.

- The planning started already in 2006 so for the city new arena is a huge thing. When looking from the IIHF’s perspective it’s great that in 2022 the World Championship is organized in the most modern arena in Europe, says Kummola, who himself lives in Tampere.

SRV, the company responsible for the building of the Tampere Deck and Arena, is delighted for the fact that the first major event of the new arena is IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which means the world to the hockey-loving Finns.

- The modern multi-purpose arena will offer players, fans and partners first class conditions to enjoy the event, says Vice President Timo Nieminen.

Further information

- Tero Tenhunen, City of Tampere, Project Director, tero.tenhunen(at), Tel. +358 50 540 2860
- 2022 World Championship, General Secretary of the Organizing Committee Heikki Hietanen, Tel. +358 50 373 0303
- IIHF Vice President Kalervo Kummola, Tel. +358 50 2466
- Timo Nieminen, SRV, Vice President, Tel. +358 40 042 4552

Photos Illustration SRV/Libeskind/Tomorrow