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IIHF assigns hosting rights for World Championships

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has awarded hosting rights for its World Championships between 2023 and 2025.

Russia will host in 2023, Czech Republic will stage the 2024 event and the 2025 edition will be co-hosted by Sweden and Denmark. The countries had originally bid for the 2023 event but the IIHF Congress has accepted a proposal to assign three World Championships in a row.

The 2023 event will be held in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, where a new arena with a capacity of 21,500 to 23,000 will be built. The 12,300-seat Ice Place facility, which was built for the 2000 World Championships, will serve as the second host arena.

For the Czech event in 2024, matches will be played at the O2 Arena in Prague and the Ostravar Arena in Ostrava. Czech Republic previously hosted in 2004 and 2015.

The 2025 competition will be hosted by Sweden in a city that is yet to be confirmed, while a secondary venue in Denmark will also stage matches. Sweden last staged the event on its own in 2002 and co-hosted the 2012 and 2013 editions with Finland. Denmark hosted its first event last year.

This year’s Ice Hockey World Championships are currently taking place in Slovakia. Next year, the event will be held in Switzerland before it is co-hosted by Belarus and Latvia in 2021. Finland will host in 2022.