The cites of Prague and Ostrava have been chosen to host the 2024 World Ice Hockey Championships.
The International Ice Hockey Federation said on May 24 that it had also chosen St. Petersburg for the 2023 championships, while the 2025 tournament will be co-hosted by Sweden and Denmark, though the host cities have yet to be determined.
Same like in 2004 and 2015 the venues will be the O2 Arena in Prague and the Ostravar Arena in Ostrava where the Czechs successfully hosted two editions. The 2015 Worlds set a new attendance record four years ago with 741,690 fans (11,589 in average) coming to the games in the two Czech cities.
For Ostrava, which will be the main venue of next winter’s 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, it will be the third IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the city while Prague has previously also hosted in 1933, 1938, 1947, 1959, 1972, 1978, 1985 and 1992 during the Czechoslovak era.
The Swiss cities of Zurich and Lausanne will host next year’s championships, followed by the Belarusian capital, Minsk, and Latvia’s Riga in 2021.