Bhubaneswar: With exactly six months to go for the start of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, the organizers have launched the online sale of general tickets for the biggest tournament in Men’s Hockey.
The announcement was made by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Hockey India on Monday as India’s ‘cradle of hockey’ prepares itself to host the most prestigious competition scheduled from 28th November – 16th December 2018 which will take place at the iconic Kalinga Hockey Stadium here in Bhubaneswar.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the online ticket sales for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 by receiving the first ticket for the tournament from Hockey India CEO Elena Norman in presence of Odisha Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera.
A total of 36 matches will be played during the tournament. The opening match of the tournament will see World No. 3 Belgium takes on World No. 11 Canada on 28th November 2018 while host nation India will also open their campaign on the same day as they face South Africa.
The hosts will also be in action on 2nd December 2018 as they play a strong Belgium team whom they defeated in the Quarter-finals of the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017 at the same venue. India’s third and final Pool match will be against Canada on 8th December 2018.
The sixteen participating teams will play three matches each during the league stage over the span of twelve days before four cross-over matches take place on 10th and 11th December 2018.
The knockout matches will take place on 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th as the teams will look to become the Champions of the prestigious quadrennial event which was won by Australia in 2014.
The general tickets for the event are reasonably priced at Rs 200 (East Stand), Rs 100 (North Stand) and Rs 100 (South Stand) for the Pool and Crossover matches while tickets for the knockout matches are priced at Rs 250 (East Stand), Rs 150 (North Stand) and Rs 150 (South Stand).
All general tickets for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 are now available online at http://in.ticketgenie.in/buytickets/hockey-world-cup-2018
“I am glad to announce the launch of the online ticket sales for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. I am delighted to have received the first ticket. May the hockey fever of the people of Odisha spread to the world. We look forward to hosting fans and visitors from all over. We hope all our guests will enjoy world-class hockey action and the great treasures that Odisha has to offer. Come enjoy the thrilling matches and soak in the warmth of our hospitality,” said the Chief Minister.
Expressing his delight at the launch of the online general ticket sales for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, Rajinder Singh, President, Hockey India, said, “Bhubaneswar played an amazing host last year when the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017 took place at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium.
It was a great spectacle to witness such enthusiasm for hockey. Last year’s event has set a benchmark for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, and it is an honour for our country to be hosting this global hockey extravaganza as it gives the passionate hockey fans from India an opportunity to witness the world’s best players in action.”
It is a conscious decision to start the sales of tickets six months prior to the event so that fans, friends and families of players can plan their trip in advance, he added.