This has never happened before: In 2017, Germany and France will jointly celebrate a great World Championship – in ice hockey, the world fastest team sport. From the 5th to the 21st of May, when the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship takes place in the LANXESS arena in Cologne and the AccorHotels Arena in Paris-Bercy, the aces will create fireworks on ice. The pucks will glide across the ice, the boards will tremble. And sometimes tough guys may even be fighting with their fists. An ice hockey game is always a thrilling show, especially when the best teams of the world are on the ice.
The ambitious rookie Paris
Cologne, the home rink of the famous Cologne sharks, is hosting such tournament for the third time since 2001 and 2010. The fantastic atmosphere of its arena with a capacity of about 18 500 visitors is well known among ice hockey fans from all over the world. The French capital, an ambitious IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship “rookie”, has completely modernized its arena in Paris-Bercy (capacity: 14 500 visitors), which is otherwise well known for large sporting and cultural events.
Team Russia visiting Cologne
The German National Team will play all its games in Cologne. One of its opponents in preliminary Group A will be Team Russia; in addition to Team USA, Sweden, Slovakia, Latvia, Denmark and Italy. Group B, playing in Paris, finds defending champion Canada facing off against France, Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus, Norway and Slovenia. Two quarterfinal games will take place in Paris, two in Cologne, which hosts as well the two semifinals, the bronze medal and the gold medal game.
Ice hockey fans still remember the spectacular games of the 2010 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the City on the Rhine. In the semifinal Team Germany played against Russia. 18 734 spectators in the LANXESS arena saw a narrow 1:2 defeat of the Germans. When the Czechs finally celebrated their 2:1 victory against Russia in the gold medal game, even 19 132 fans were in the arena - and they let it tremble and shake. Seven years later this tradition will be continued in Cologne and vitalized in Paris.