The organizers of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship 2023 say that tickets to the $ 14 million event will be affordable and “priced at sea”.
The last time the tournament was held on the east coast was in 2003 in Nova Scotia.
With less than eight months left until the next host event, the planning of the Moncton-Halifax event is on a faster timeline.
“Normally we would be on a two-year timeline,” said Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s vice president of events and real estate.
“But over the years, the model has streamlined – even as the tournament has grown.”
Halifax, Moncton named hosts for the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championship
McIntosh said the tight schedule gives less time to discuss good ideas for the tournament, but it encourages organizers to “take action and go for it.”
The time frame was part of the reason why the east coast was chosen to host the 2022 championship, which was originally awarded to Russia, but was rescheduled after the invasion of Ukraine.
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Grant MacDonald, local leader of the IIHF World Junior Championship 2023 in Halifax, said the news of the host did not come as a complete shock.
“Halifax and Moncton had been working on the potential to host a world championship for juniors for the past two years,” said MacDonald. “We expected it to be later in this decade.”
Hockey Canada hopes that the tournament will be a success and that even the smaller rinks will sell out.
“We expect our communities to embrace it, we expect our companies to see a positive boost.”
MacDonald said capacity could be an issue.
“We may need to expand the fan experience outside the four walls of both Avenir Center and Scotiabank Center.”
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But ticket sales are one of the first key pillars to get things going.
“We want to make sure it’s affordable and that it’s maritime priced,” MacDonald said.
The tournament is expected to cost up to $ 14 million, but Hockey Canada says it could have a financial impact of $ 40-60 million between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Both host cities are expected to need at least 150 volunteers in each market.
Still, those behind the planning at the Scotiabank Center in Halifax are not worried about finding the necessary staff.
Suzanne Fougere, vice president of Events East, said a regular Mooseheads game takes “about 35 to 50 locals on a given night.”
“For an event like this, it will be closer to about 100 people on any given night,” Fougere said.
The event will run from December 26 to January 5, 2023. Tickets are expected to go on sale sometime this summer, when a recruitment campaign for volunteers will also begin.
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