International Ice Hockey Federation

Attendance record broken

Attendance record broken

652,348 fans and still six games to go

Published 14.05.2015 18:15 GMT+2 | Author Organizing Committee
Attendance record broken
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 1: Czech Republic get set to take on Sweden during preliminary round action at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)
The 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship has officially broken the tournament’s all-time attendance record.

The previous record was passed during the first quarter-final game in Prague, Canada vs Belarus, on Thursday, 14 May in Prague.

Belarus held the event attendance record from 2014 when 640,044 spectators attended the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk. With six games to go, 652,348 fans attended the games at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The organizers in Prague and Ostrava overcame this number sooner than expected . "After organising the championship in 2004 we held the attendance record for ten years - until last year when we were surpassed by Minsk. I will not hide that it was a challenge to get back on the first place in attendance - this position shows very clearly how popular ice hockey is in the Czech Republic,” said Tomas Kral, President of the Czech Ice Hockey Association.

"As organisers we were very careful in talking about the record in advance, but the ticket sales and the first days of the championship, when both arenas in Prague and Ostrava were sold out, have confirmed that we were on the right track. I am glad that so many fans - both Czech and foreign - have found their way into both arenas and created an unforgettable atmosphere," added Král.

"The attendance record is a big reward for all the work and effort that we have put in during the preparation of the championship in recent months," said Markéta Štěrbová, General Secretary of the 2015 IIHF WM Organizing Committee.

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The organizers’ next ambition is no secret: to break the 700,000 spectators attendance record barrier.


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