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SBD Global/May 20, 2013/Events and Attractions

Int'l Ice Hockey Federation Awards 2017 World Championship To Germany, France

The 2013 Int'l Ice Hockey Federation Annual Congress allocated the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship to Cologne, Germany and Paris. The German-French bid received 63 votes from the delegates. The other bid with Copenhagen, Denmark and Riga, Latvia got 45 votes. Cologne is a well-known venue for int'l hockey fans. The Lanxess Arena played host to the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in '01 and '10. Cologne as the main venue will host one preliminary-round group, two quarterfinal games, the semifinals and medal games. Cologne will also host the 2017 IIHF Annual Congress while Paris is proposed as the host of the 2016 IIHF Semi-Annual Congress. In France, games will be played at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in downtown Paris with a Metro station next door. The arena will be renovated and expanded by '15 so that it can offer seating for 15,000 fans for hockey games (IIHF).
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