New Delhi: Hockey India has announced the commencement of on-ground ticket sales for the Hockey World League (HWL) Final to be held at the International Hockey Stadium in Raipur from November 27 to December 6.
Tickets are available at the stadium and a couple of outlets in Raipur. Bilaspur will also have an outlet, the HI announced on Sunday. The online ticket sales for the tournament commenced on October 27 and tickets can be booked online with the official ticketing partner of the event, TicketGenie. The session tickets in the group stages have been priced at a minimum of Rs.50 and every ticket holder will be allowed to view all matches of that day for which they hold tickets.
The Raipur International Hockey Stadium, which would host an international event for the first time in its history, has a capacity to accommodate over 3,000 spectators. Alongwith India, Argentina, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands will vie for top honours at the event organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). To encourage hockey fans to watch all the India games, the timings of all matches by the hosts have been scheduled at 6.30 PM in the pool stage.
“This is the biggest global hockey event for this calendar year, and it’s a great opportunity for Raipur to host an event of such a huge stature,” HI secretary general Mohd Mustaque Ahmad said. “The event will be our first step towards providing the Chhattisgarh audience a real perspective to what an international hockey tournament is all about. The Hero HHWL Final will also form as part of preparation platform for the Indian team before heading to the Rio Olympics next year.”
He added, “With the rise in the popularity of the sport in the country in the recent years, across various sectors in the country, it is our duty to provide the young and enthusiastic spectators an opportunity to witness such a large scale international tournament in our home country.” “The Raipur International Stadium is a world-class facility and I am confident that all the visiting teams along with our national team will enjoy competing here in the midst of a highly energetic and involved audience.”