For the Latvian national team, the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2020 will take place from 8 to 24 May 2020 in Zurich and Lausanne in Switzerland. Switzerland is one of the four founding members of the IIHF in 1908 and hosted the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship ten times, most recently in 2009 in Bern and Zurich-Kloten.
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland with 400,000 inhabitants and 1.5 million in the region. The Hallenstadion is a listed building and was originally built in 1939. In 2005, the Hallenstadion reopened after a complete interior renovation. The capacity is designed for 11,200 seats. The Arena is the home of the local ice hockey club ZSC Lions.
The second venue is Lausanne, where a brand new ice hockey stadium offers 9,500 spectators. With 350,000 inhabitants, Lausanne is the second largest city in western Switzerland and is home to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The exact group divisions and assignment of which venue will be announced after the final of this year’s World Cup.
For Lithuania and Estonia, in the historic Ice Arena of Spodek, in the Polish city of Katowice, the IIHF Group IB Ice Hockey World Championship will be held from 26 April to 2 May 2020. Katowice is the capital of the Polish Silesian Voivodeship. It has about 300,000 inhabitants. The venue Lodowisko Spodek “Satelita” is also home to KH GKS Katowice, who plays in the Polish Ekstraliga.
Ice hockey history was written in 1976 in this arena. At this World Cup on 8 May host nation Poland defeated the Soviet Union 6: 4 in the preliminary round. That was one of the biggest sensations of the time.
In addition to the teams from Lithuania and Estonia, hosts Poland, Japan, Ukraine and newly promoted Serbia will play for promotion to Div IA.