Womens Hockey Poised for the Big Stage

Women’s sport is increasingly visiable at the moment. Not only in the olympics but every day. The Women’s Tour (of Britain) has live coverage for 6 days, Women’s Superleague (football) is being shown live on the BBC as well. Now Team GB’s women are not only hosting their Winter Olympic qualifaction tournament but it will be held at the National Ice Centre.

It is literally and more figuratively a long way from the Dumfries Ice Bowl where previous IIHF events have been held. Whilst the Ice Bowl is a good venue with it’s ice pad and IIHF standard facilities it has the look and feel of a local ice rink. The National Ice Centre with its 7,500 capacity, big screen and Elite League experience will offer the players something that their male counterparts have become more familiar with recently. It will also offer fans that arena experience they are used too.

It is fantastic opportunity to showcase women’s hockey in the UK, get sponsors onboard, utilise the venue to it’s full potential. It would also be amazing to see Premier Sports, the latest headline sponsor of the EIHL and long term supporter of UK hockey to broadcast the games live either on Premier Sports or its free to air offering Freesports.

On top this, this opportunity has come about as the Korean federation passed on its right to host the event and it is so nice for those that remember GB passing on hosting such events previously that Ice Hockey UK has stepped up to put on the event and one of this countries biggest stages.

GB’s women will hit the ice against Korea, Iceland and Slovenia from 7th to 10th October with tickets starting from £6.50 and Under 16’s free.

Tickets are available now from the arena website

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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