The IIHF has released the schedule of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark. New ticket packages will go on sale 1st September at 10:00.
Host Denmark will compete in Group B at the 11,000-seat Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning and plays on the first night on 4th May at 20:15 in a neighbouring clash with Germany. A North American battle between Team USA and Canada awaits fans in Herning earlier that day at 16:15.
Group A at the 12,500-seat Royal Arena in the capital of Copenhagen will open with Russia vs. France at 16:15 before defending champions Sweden take on Belarus at 20:15. Tre Kronor will play in Copenhagen virtually with a home-ice advantage. The third-largest Swedish city of Malmo is located just across the Oresund strait, only a 26-minute train ride away from the Royal Arena.
The remainder of the 16 teams will start on the second day. Norway-Latvia, Finland-Korea and Denmark-USA will be the pairings on 5th May in Herning. The second day in Copenhagen will start with Switzerland-Austria and France-Belarus and end with the evening game between the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Preliminary Round concludes on 15th May. After a day off, the quarter-finals will be played cross-over on 17th May with two games in Copenhagen (A1-B4, A2-B3) and two in Herning (B1-A4, B2-A3). If qualified, Denmark will play its quarter-final game at 20:15.
The two semi-finals on 19th May as well as the medal games on 20th May will all be played at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.
Day packages to the preliminary round and Follow Your Team packages will go on sale on 1st September 10:00 on 2018.iihfworlds.com.