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Royal opening in Copenhagen

Royal opening in Copenhagen

Arena for 2018 Worlds opens its gates

Published 31.01.2017 15:28 GMT+3 | Author Peter Fredberg
Royal opening in Copenhagen
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (right) next to the CEO of the local organizing committee for 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Enver Hansen, during the inauguration of Royal Arena.
The newest architectonic crown jewel of the Danish capital, dubbed the “world’s most beautiful”, had a royal inauguration.

It was a premiere red carpet event, when the newly built Royal Arena opened its doors last weekend for a select group of people, including representatives from the local organizing committee of 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, the Crown Prince of Denmark and many other prominent guests.

A royal opening for the Royal Arena

The traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony was in safe and royal hands, as His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark cut the ribbon while wishing the arena all the best and congratulating Copenhagen for its unique, new arena.

After a list of speeches, including ones from prominent names such as Mette Bock, Minister for Culture, and Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, the doors to the arena were opened for the invited to take in the impressive experience that awaits more than 12,500 ice hockey fans during the 2018 IIHF WM – a number rising to 15,000 during concerts.

Everyone is going to love Royal Arena

From the biggest stars of ice hockey to the most dedicated fans of the sport – everyone is going to love the Royal Arena, as it presents, together with Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, a newly created and unique opportunity for sports in Denmark to be played and experienced on an international level.

The line of announced music acts supports this claim, of international standards, with superstars like Metallica, Celine Dion, Drake, Bruno Mars and many others making their way to Copenhagen to play in the new arena soon.

It is safe to say that every fan, artist and player is going to love the arena.

Nordic design at its finest

Royal Arena adheres to its Nordic heritage, which emanates from every detail and design choice made by the architect. From the minimalistic, yet surprisingly playful exterior to the raw but warm interior of the arena the Nordic feel is present.

The arena will brand Denmark and its unique design school for the foreseeable future. Something which excites Enver Hansen, the CEO of the local organizing committee behind 2018 IIHF WM, who is also full of praise for the location of the arena.

“Without the Royal Arena we would not have been able to get the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship to Denmark. It is a beautiful arena which, together with Jyske Bank Boxen, gives us the best possible conditions for creating a unique hockey fest for both international and Danish fans. There is good reason to commend everyone involved with the arena. A big benefit is the infrastructure. Royal Arena has the perfect location. It is easy to get to and from the arena, which is hugely important for a world championship,” explains Enver Hansen.

Remember to check back later in the week, as we bring an interview with Dan Hammer, CEO of Royal Arena and a huge fan of ice hockey – and Swedes.


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