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Tampere Deck Arena is the main venue for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Tampere Deck Arena is the main venue for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

The Tampere Deck Arena has been confirmed as the main venue for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. According to the decision published today by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, one preliminary round group, two quarterfinals, semifinals and final games will be played in Tampere.

"We are incredibly proud and happy to be able to host the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Tampere Deck Arena. We want to thank the arranging organization and the Finnish Ice Hockey Association for this honor. The modern multi-purpose arena will offer players, fans and partners first class conditions to enjoy the event", says Timo Nieminen, Executive Vice President of SRV.

A strong network of partners behind the world-class ice hockey event

A strong network of partners offers a stable ground on which to build this world-class sporting event. The arena is also working in close cooperation with the arranging organization.

“For us this is great news. We really look forward to coming to Tampere: brand new arena will offer us an outstanding setting for the event. The location next to the railway is excellent, arena is easily and ecologically reached from around Finland. In addition, the involvement of the city is outstanding, which means a lot for the organizer” says General Secretary of the Organizing Committee, Heikki Hietanen, in the statement published by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association.

The new arena will launch Tampere to a whole new era, and hosting the IIHF World Championship has great significance for the city. Mayor of Tampere, Lauri Lyly, says that for Tampere, city known as the hockey capital of Finland, it is an honor to host the IIHF World Championship.

”The venue has symbolic value, as the first ever IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship played in Finland was the 1965 event organized in the newly built Hakametsä Ice Hall in Tampere. In 2022 we will again have a brand new arena built on Tampere Deck. Also, our tram network will open conveniently before the event”, says Lyly.

IIHF Vice President Kalervo Kummola wants to thank the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture for their support in financing the project.

”Getting a new arena to Tampere has been a long process, the planning started already in 2006 so for the city new arena is a huge thing. When looking from the IIHF’s perspective it’s great that in 2022 the World Championship is organized in the most modern arena in Europe.”

Dates for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship are May 13-29. Switzerland will host the games next spring, and in 2021, Belarus and Latvia will function as co-hosts for the Championship.

You can read the Finnish Ice Hockey Association’s news here

The best arena for ice hockey

The best arena for ice hockey

An atmospheric home arena and a stage for international championships

Finland has one of the best ice hockey teams in the world, and Tampere has always been a pioneer of the sport. There’s no better place for one of the most sophisticated ice hockey arenas in the world! More than 13,000 spectators will be able to watch games at the new Tampere Deck Arena.

It will be home to the two Tampere teams, Tappara and Ilves, which will be able to enjoy the state-of-the-art premises while their fans get absorbed in the game. The Arena will apply a ‘fans first’ concept. Fans will be involved in the planning phase, which will ensure that the stands will be as fan-friendly as possible and also the most modern in Europe. Both teams will play their home games at the new arena from the 2021–22 season. At least 70 games of top ice hockey will be played at the Arena every year. In addition to the rink, the Arena will feature a modern practice rink and a gym.

The first big international event is already scheduled to take place in 2022, when the Arena aims to hold the World Championships.

Tampere Deck Arena is the main venue for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Tampere Deck Arena is the main venue for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

The Tampere Deck Arena has been confirmed as the main venue for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. According to the decision published today by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, one preliminary round group, two quarterfinals, semifinals and final games will be played in Tampere.

"We are incredibly proud and happy to be able to host the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Tampere Deck Arena. We want to thank the arranging organization and the Finnish Ice Hockey Association for this honor. The modern multi-purpose arena will offer players, fans and partners first class conditions to enjoy the event", says Timo Nieminen, Executive Vice President of SRV.

A strong network of partners behind the world-class ice hockey event

A strong network of partners offers a stable ground on which to build this world-class sporting event. The arena is also working in close cooperation with the arranging organization.

“For us this is great news. We really look forward to coming to Tampere: brand new arena will offer us an outstanding setting for the event. The location next to the railway is excellent, arena is easily and ecologically reached from around Finland. In addition, the involvement of the city is outstanding, which means a lot for the organizer” says General Secretary of the Organizing Committee, Heikki Hietanen, in the statement published by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association.

The new arena will launch Tampere to a whole new era, and hosting the IIHF World Championship has great significance for the city. Mayor of Tampere, Lauri Lyly, says that for Tampere, city known as the hockey capital of Finland, it is an honor to host the IIHF World Championship.

”The venue has symbolic value, as the first ever IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship played in Finland was the 1965 event organized in the newly built Hakametsä Ice Hall in Tampere. In 2022 we will again have a brand new arena built on Tampere Deck. Also, our tram network will open conveniently before the event”, says Lyly.

IIHF Vice President Kalervo Kummola wants to thank the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture for their support in financing the project.

”Getting a new arena to Tampere has been a long process, the planning started already in 2006 so for the city new arena is a huge thing. When looking from the IIHF’s perspective it’s great that in 2022 the World Championship is organized in the most modern arena in Europe.”

Dates for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship are May 13-29. Switzerland will host the games next spring, and in 2021, Belarus and Latvia will function as co-hosts for the Championship.

You can read the Finnish Ice Hockey Association’s news here

The best arena for ice hockey

The best arena for ice hockey

An atmospheric home arena and a stage for international championships

Finland has one of the best ice hockey teams in the world, and Tampere has always been a pioneer of the sport. There’s no better place for one of the most sophisticated ice hockey arenas in the world! More than 13,000 spectators will be able to watch games at the new Tampere Deck Arena.

It will be home to the two Tampere teams, Tappara and Ilves, which will be able to enjoy the state-of-the-art premises while their fans get absorbed in the game. The Arena will apply a ‘fans first’ concept. Fans will be involved in the planning phase, which will ensure that the stands will be as fan-friendly as possible and also the most modern in Europe. Both teams will play their home games at the new arena from the 2021–22 season. At least 70 games of top ice hockey will be played at the Arena every year. In addition to the rink, the Arena will feature a modern practice rink and a gym.

The first big international event is already scheduled to take place in 2022, when the Arena aims to hold the World Championships.

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Ilves: Being part of a story of the future

Being part of a story of the future

Ice hockey, like many other sports, is going through a period of big changes. People expect to be offered a

“As an Arena partner, we can be part of a great story of the future.” Risto Jalo, Ilves

variety of experiences at sporting events, not just what happens on the rink, the track or the pitch. Additional services for audiences, as well as customer facilities and participation through social media platforms are becoming increasingly important parts of the experience.

The Hakametsä arena has served Ilves really well since 1965, but the time has now come to upgrade our facilities and activities. Tampere Deck Arena will be our new home arena; a suitable and modern environment where everyone – players and audiences alike – can enjoy a game of ice hockey. Ice is much the same everywhere, and ice hockey league games are played on a standard size rink according to the familiar rules, but we're really excited about all the other aspects.

The new arena will really help to expand the international presence of the sport, potentially drawing new top players to play in Finland in addition to hosting world-class tournaments. The rink will be adjustable so that ice hockey can also be played on the NHL-style smaller rink. Most importantly, the arena will offer opportunities to our players of the future. I believe that this project will encourage many junior ice hockey players to reach for their dream of playing in the top teams and in major arenas.

As a Tampere taxpayer, I think that the arena is a brilliant investment in a prime location. The arena will create new business in the entire area, and now is the time to join in. As someone who loves entertainment and culture, I'm also delighted that interesting, world-class events will be on offer within a reasonable distance from my home.

As an Arena partner, we can be part of a great story of the future. I'm sure that one chapter of this story will feature Ilves playing in the final and winning the championship in our home arena.

Risto Jalo, Managing Director, Ilves-Hockey Oy

Tampereen Ilves is a sports club founded in 1931; it is especially known for its ice hockey activities. Ilves plays in the SM-liiga (the Finnish Elite League). Ilves has won the Finnish ice hockey championship a total of 16 times. Read more

NoHo: Unique restaurant experiences

Unique restaurant experiences

Rauli Kamppinen, NoHo Partners
“The partnership in the Deck and the Arena project offers a great opportunity for us to strengthen our foothold as a producer of delicious restaurant experiences for events and city centres,” Rauli Kamppinen, NoHo Partners

Good food is an increasingly important part of a successful event. Whether it is a casual game on a weeknight, a world-class concert or an international conference, visitors expect to be provided with high-quality food and restaurant services. This is a great trend that challenges all players in the industry to develop their service concepts.

Developments in consumer behaviour and fast-changing food trends can also been seen at various events. Consumers are much more quality-conscious, and the range of products has had to expand considerably. Food and drink offered at events need to be selected with international trends, different diets and healthiness in mind.

Global trends, such as climate change, food ethics and eco-friendliness, are making diners more interested in the origin of food and drink, responsible production methods and vegetarian food. In the Arena, this will mean taking sustainability into account in all restaurant services, from the climate impacts of cooking to biodegradable containers.

The Arena will be a great opportunity for us to highlight NoHo's comprehensive range of restaurant services and to offer customers new restaurant experiences. The roots of our company are in Tampere, and we believe that a partnership with the Tampere Deck Arena will be an inspiring honour for us. To be a provider of restaurant services even when there are no events on will strengthen our position as a forerunner.

In addition to the new restaurant and food experiences, our range of meals will also feature some strong and well-known Tampere traditions. The most important thing is that all visitors to the Arena will be able to find the right option for them and for the occasion. The good old sausage and beer will stay on the menu, but vegan sausages will also be available and the beer may be served in a biodegradable pint cup.

Rauli Kamppinen, Restaurant Group Director, NoHo Partners

NoHo Nordic Hospitality Partners (formerly Restamax Oyj) has the exclusive right to provide all restaurant services at the Tampere Deck Arena. Top-quality restaurant concepts will be created to serve the wide range of events and customer segments at the arena. Read more

Ilves: Being part of a story of the future

Being part of a story of the future

Ice hockey, like many other sports, is going through a period of big changes. People expect to be offered a

“As an Arena partner, we can be part of a great story of the future.” Risto Jalo, Ilves

variety of experiences at sporting events, not just what happens on the rink, the track or the pitch. Additional services for audiences, as well as customer facilities and participation through social media platforms are becoming increasingly important parts of the experience.

The Hakametsä arena has served Ilves really well since 1965, but the time has now come to upgrade our facilities and activities. Tampere Deck Arena will be our new home arena; a suitable and modern environment where everyone – players and audiences alike – can enjoy a game of ice hockey. Ice is much the same everywhere, and ice hockey league games are played on a standard size rink according to the familiar rules, but we're really excited about all the other aspects.

The new arena will really help to expand the international presence of the sport, potentially drawing new top players to play in Finland in addition to hosting world-class tournaments. The rink will be adjustable so that ice hockey can also be played on the NHL-style smaller rink. Most importantly, the arena will offer opportunities to our players of the future. I believe that this project will encourage many junior ice hockey players to reach for their dream of playing in the top teams and in major arenas.

As a Tampere taxpayer, I think that the arena is a brilliant investment in a prime location. The arena will create new business in the entire area, and now is the time to join in. As someone who loves entertainment and culture, I'm also delighted that interesting, world-class events will be on offer within a reasonable distance from my home.

As an Arena partner, we can be part of a great story of the future. I'm sure that one chapter of this story will feature Ilves playing in the final and winning the championship in our home arena.

Risto Jalo, Managing Director, Ilves-Hockey Oy

Tampereen Ilves is a sports club founded in 1931; it is especially known for its ice hockey activities. Ilves plays in the SM-liiga (the Finnish Elite League). Ilves has won the Finnish ice hockey championship a total of 16 times. Read more

NoHo: Unique restaurant experiences

Unique restaurant experiences

Rauli Kamppinen, NoHo Partners
“The partnership in the Deck and the Arena project offers a great opportunity for us to strengthen our foothold as a producer of delicious restaurant experiences for events and city centres,” Rauli Kamppinen, NoHo Partners

Good food is an increasingly important part of a successful event. Whether it is a casual game on a weeknight, a world-class concert or an international conference, visitors expect to be provided with high-quality food and restaurant services. This is a great trend that challenges all players in the industry to develop their service concepts.

Developments in consumer behaviour and fast-changing food trends can also been seen at various events. Consumers are much more quality-conscious, and the range of products has had to expand considerably. Food and drink offered at events need to be selected with international trends, different diets and healthiness in mind.

Global trends, such as climate change, food ethics and eco-friendliness, are making diners more interested in the origin of food and drink, responsible production methods and vegetarian food. In the Arena, this will mean taking sustainability into account in all restaurant services, from the climate impacts of cooking to biodegradable containers.

The Arena will be a great opportunity for us to highlight NoHo's comprehensive range of restaurant services and to offer customers new restaurant experiences. The roots of our company are in Tampere, and we believe that a partnership with the Tampere Deck Arena will be an inspiring honour for us. To be a provider of restaurant services even when there are no events on will strengthen our position as a forerunner.

In addition to the new restaurant and food experiences, our range of meals will also feature some strong and well-known Tampere traditions. The most important thing is that all visitors to the Arena will be able to find the right option for them and for the occasion. The good old sausage and beer will stay on the menu, but vegan sausages will also be available and the beer may be served in a biodegradable pint cup.

Rauli Kamppinen, Restaurant Group Director, NoHo Partners

NoHo Nordic Hospitality Partners (formerly Restamax Oyj) has the exclusive right to provide all restaurant services at the Tampere Deck Arena. Top-quality restaurant concepts will be created to serve the wide range of events and customer segments at the arena. Read more

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