The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will return to the Czech Republic after nine years.
The 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be held in Prague and Ostrava from 10-26 May 2024.
This will be the eleventh time that the Czech Republic has hosted the world’s premier ice hockey event.
The Czechs will take over from Finland and Latvia, and the world’s best ice hockey players will once again compete for world medals in Prague and Ostrava in 2024. “Although there is still more than a year to go until the start of the competitions, the Organising Committee is already working hard on the preparations. Our goal is to come as close as possible to the very successful 2015 IIHF WM and to offer spectators an intense sporting experience,” said Alois Hadamczik, president of the Czech Ice Hockey Association.
After nine years, Prague and Ostrava again
The world’s best ice hockey players will compete in Prague Arena with a capacity of almost 17,500 spectators and in Ostrava Arena with 8,800 seats. Both arenas hosted the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. “We have two ice hockey arenas that meet the requirements of the IIHF. So the choice was clear. At the same time, we will be able to draw on the experience of 2004 and 2015, when the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships were held at the same venues. The main advantage of Prague Arena is its capacity, even by world standards,” said Petr Bříza, President of the Organising Committee of the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
A total of sixteen national teams are divided into two groups in the Preliminary Round, where each team will meet. The top four ranked teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals that will be played cross-over.
The first-placed team in each preliminary-round group plays the fourth-placed team of the other group, while the second-placed team plays the third-placed team of the other group.
Prague and Ostrava will see 28 games in the Preliminary Round and 2 quarter-finals. The Prague Arena will host both semi-final games, the bronze medal game and the final. This means that 34 games will take place in the Czech capital and 30 in the Moravian-Silesian metropolis.
Tickets will go on sale in the autumn of 2023.
All information about the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship can be found on the website 2024.iihfworlds.com or on the official social networks.