The British public recently showed that their appetite to watch world class hockey is not just restricted to the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic Games when tickets for the London Prepares test event sold out in less than quarter of an hour.
Tickets for the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament – part of the London Prepares Series of events designed to test out the facilities which will be used during the 2012 Games – were always expected to be in big demand, but sold at a rate comparable to some of the biggest rock concerts in the world. Over 40,000 entry passes into the Olympic Park’s Riverbank Arena were snapped up in a staggering 14 minutes, ensuring that every session of the men’s and women’s Four Nation event will be played in front of a full house. The news was announced last Wednesday by Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
The tournament will feature the men’s Australian and German teams who are currently ranked number one and two in the world; the current women’s world champions, Argentina; as well as both the men’s and women’s British teams as they prepare for the London 2012 Games. The men’s tournament will also feature India, winners of eight Olympic gold medals while China, the women’s silver medallists from Beijing, and Korea, also take part in the women’s event.
Last year, tickets for the Hockey competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games sold out at break-neck speed. Over 600,000 people will watch the matches that will take place on the iconic blue and pink pitch at the Riverbank Arena during the 14 days of tournament competition.
Hockey fans in the UK still have the chance to watch some live international hockey thanks to the Investec London Cup, which takes place at the University of Westminster's Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground in Chiswick, West London, from 5-10 June. More information about this event can be found at www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk/investeclondoncup .