The Kyocera Stadium will welcome over 200,000 fans between 31 May and 15 June 2014.
The Kyocera Stadium will welcome over 200,000 fans between 31 May and 15 June 2014.
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Ahead of next year’s sensational joint men’s and women’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, a dedicated team of FIH staff members recently spent two days in the Netherlands discussing planning for that hugely anticipated event with the Royal Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB).

Well, we are pleased to tell you that everything is bang on schedule for what could go down as one of the finest hockey events in history. The tournament takes place at the Kyocera Stadium, a 15,000-seater football arena that is currently undergoing a massive transformation ahead of next summer’s global hockey showpiece.  

As everyone knows, the Hockey World Cup ranks alongside the Olympics as the biggest prize that the sport has to offer. Held every four years, the world’s greatest teams and players will arrive in The Hague next summer fully prepared for the toughest, most skilful and entertaining international hockey event imaginable.

As well as various discussions regarding the organisation of the mammoth event, the FIH were given a tour of a truly stunning venue that will welcome well over 200,000 fans between 31st May and 15th June 2014. A global television and live stream audience of millions will also tune in to watch the magnificent 24 team event, enjoying pioneering broadcast coverage that will showcase the sport like never before.  

Various elements of the planning for the World Cup were discussed during the meetings, including many aspects which are sure to make this World Cup one that the fans will remember for a long time. The amazing action on the field of play will be complemented by ground-breaking TV camera work, high quality live streaming and behind the scenes footage, sensational in-stadium entertainment and a whole host of other exciting developments. The discussions were extremely positive and will help to create a clear road map to aid the KNHB achieve their goal of hosting the best World Cup ever staged.

“I think that the key objective is to make this World Cup the best ever from a fan and athlete perspective,” said FIH Chief Executive Officer Kelly Fairweather.  “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 Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 will combine extraordinary talent levels with unrivalled prestige to serve as the climax of next year's hockey calendar. Offering contrasting styles and skills, the players step onto the biggest stage with the simplest of equations: win your matches or go home empty handed. Global superstars compete for national pride, personal greatness and ultimate glory. 

Tickets for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 are on sale now. To find out more, click here.

More information about the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 can be found on the tournament website: http://rabobankhockeyworldcup2014.com/