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Hockey: FIH delegation impressed by 2014 World Cup venue and planning

The Kyocera Stadium, a 15,000-seater football arena in The Hague, is undergoing a massive transformation ahead of the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup. Photo: FIH.

The Kyocera Stadium, a 15,000-seater football arena in The Hague, is undergoing a massive transformation ahead of the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup. Photo: FIH.

October 18, 2013: The FIH (International Hockey Federation) has given the thumbs-up to preparations for next year’s joint men’s and women’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup, which will be held in the Netherlands from May 31-June 15.

 

An FIH team recently spent two days with the Royal Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB) to discuss planning for the event in The Hague. Held every four years, the World Cup ranks alongside the Olympics as hockey’s biggest events.

 

Among the topics discussed by the FIH and KNHB were the developments of groundbreaking TV camera work, high-quality live streaming, behind-the-scenes footage and in-stadium entertainment.

 

“I think the key objective is to make this World Cup the best ever from a fan and athlete perspective,” said Kelly Fairweather, CEO of the FIH. “Generally I feel that the planning is going very well. We are certainly one step closer to achieving our aim of entertaining and inspiring a global movement of hockey fans and players.”

 

The 2014 World Cup will take place at the Kyocera Stadium, a 15,000-seater football arena that is undergoing a massive transformation ahead of the global hockey showpiece.

 

As well as various discussions regarding the event’s organisation, the FIH were given a tour of the venue, which will welcome over 200,000 fans over the 16 days. A global television and live stream audience of millions will also tune in to watch the 24-team event.

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