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AIPS examines press facilities at the Ice Hockey World Championships 2018

Kristers Gudlevskis, goaltender of Latvia tends net against Canada during the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Group B game between Canada and Latvia at Jyske Bank Boxen on May 14, 2018 in Herning, Denmark. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
by Anton Waldmann, AIPS Ice Hockey Commission

Copenhagen, May 15, 2018 - The 2018 Ice Hockey World Championship took centre stage in Denmark this month with the tournament staged at the Royal Arena in the Danish capital and the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, the Midtjylland region, west of Copenhagen.

Tournament structure - In the tournamentís preliminary round, 16 teams split into two groups have battled it out. The play-off round begins on May 17 with the quarter-finals.

Commission report - Away from actions in the ice rink, the following commission report details the press facilities at the World Championship. Denmark are first time hosts.

WiFi - The press center at the event, which has a trusted WiFi connection, is comfortable and has enough bandwidth for journalists to do their job effectively.

Ice rink operations - At the Ice arenas, the parking spots for journalists is free of charge, the media stands are perfect - with tables that have electric connections plus WiFi, and a good view of the ice rink. The mixed zone is very well organised. However, the light for the photographers is not so good at the Jyske Bank Boxen which is located at the MCH Messecenter Herning.

Stringent security - Journalists have been subjected to tough security with equipment (laptops, phones, cables and documents) thoroughly screened and sniffed by a dog. It is the first time we are experiencing such stringent security measure in over 40 world championships.

Good transport - That notwithstanding, the transport department of the tournament has been doing great. They booked train connections for journalists to Copenhagen and back to their respective countries.The organisers also made free shuttle buses available from the Ice Arena to the central railway station and the shopping center for fans and journalists.

Info service - At the beginning, the statistics info for journalists was poor but after we alerted the organisers, that service has notably improved. Journalists are also satisfied with the prices of items available at the Press Cafe.

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