The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee is continuing to test all functions and services at the Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, staged at the two Olympic arenas in Sochi. Examination of the ticket services, which were tested during the previous Sochi 2014 Test Events, is continuing.
Sports fans show special passion in attending ice hockey games. It is expected that the number of spectators at the U18 World Championship will exceed the attendance of any other Sochi 2014 test event of this season.
Rene Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, on the Sochi public during Russia-USA opening match:
- It was a surprise for me. This is the passion for sport they have in Russia, I would say, generally, and hockey once again is big. So, it was not a really big surprise in the end. Actually, Russia was winning, and it’s much easier when you win than when you lose.
Tyler Kelleher (USA), forward:
- I didn’t think it’s gonna be that crazy. People here seem excited, it’s pretty cool to play here before the Olympics.
Vladimir Tkachyov (Russia), forward:
- Some of the guys had never seen so many spectators as today before, so a few of them were nervous before the game, while others encouraged them so they could begin calmly. Of course, the spectators helped us achieve victory, and my thanks to them for that. May they come and support us in future!
Tickets for the Ice Hockey U18 World Championship will be on sale at www.parter.ru and www.kontramarka.ru till the end of the tournament. For more information on events and to book tickets, please contact the call center: +7 (495) 258-0000, +7 (495) 933-3200. To gain access to the events, spectators must have a valid ticket and a Spectator Pass. You can find all the information you need about the Spectator Pass, and how to obtain one, on the website link.
For more information on the U18 World Championship, go to the competition's official website.
Notes to the editor
The IIHF complex of venues is made up of the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome, the "Shayba" Arena, and the training arena. The venues are located in close proximity to one other, providing maximum convenience for athletes and guests of the Games.
The "Bolshoy" Ice Dome is a building with a domed roof. The design of the arena is based on the image of a frozen water drop. The dome roof is mainly silver in color.
The name of the Ice Dome highlights the characteristics of this sports venue. The "Bolshoy" (the Russian word for "big") will be one of the biggest Olympic venues, hosting events in one of the most popular sports of the Winter Olympics. At the same time, the word "Bolshoy" is understandable and familiar to people from many different countries, evoking associations with Russia – the Bolshoy Theatre, the traditions of the Russian school of ballet, figure skating, ice hockey and other achievements of the biggest country in the world.
The "Shayba" Arena is designed to look like a snowdrift. It would be impossible to imagine a game of ice hockey without a "shayba" or puck. The name precisely portrays the purpose of the venue. Also, for Russians, shouting "Shaybu!" is a universal and familiar way of showing support for hockey teams in different competitions. Therefore, this name highlights the character of the "Russian" Winter Games.