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The Ball Hockey World Cup ABC

The Ballockey World Championships will take place in Visp and Raron from June 21 to 29, 2024. Thanks to the World Championship ABC, you are informed about everything (or almost everything):


A for Athletes … 600 athletes and 100 officials are expected in Visp and Raron.

B for Ballhockey… this is the international name of the sport. In Switzerland, it is called street hockey.

C for Canada & Cormier Jason Coach of the reigning world champions Canada. Their toughest opponent is Slovakia, which has consistently finished in the medal ranks except in 2022. The Canadian women's national team, coached by Maryelle Hannam, are also the reigning world champions.

D for Women/Damen… in addition to the men, the women will also compete for World Championship gold in Raron and Visp.

E for Opening Ceremony/Eröffnungszeremonie… takes place on Friday, June 21 in Visp (5:30 pm parade, 6:00 pm arrival of the teams at the Lonza Arena, 6:30 pm opening ceremony, aperitif for the entire population, offered by the municipality of Visp, 8:00 pm opening game Switzerland vs. USA, free admission). Numerous guests of honor will be present, including the President of the Council of State Franz Ruppen and Consul General Esteves Maria Leonor, who will honor the Portuguese national team with her presence.


F for fan village/Fandorfbetween Kantonsstrasse and the Lonza Arena, fans can entertain themselves in the Fandorf. On weekends, DJs provide a party atmosphere in the Lonza Arena until 1 am. Happy hour (2 for 1) is held daily from 5 to 6 pm in the sports bar. Every day from 5 pm onwards, a DJ provides the atmosphere in the sports bar (open until 2 am during the week, until 3 am on weekends).

G for free access/Gratiseintritt… both the fan village with public viewing and the World Cup are accessible free of charge.

H for Helpers… in Visp and Raron, over 100 helpers will ensure the success of the World Cup. Among the helpers is the entire first team of EHC Visp. For example, Finn Fuchs and Vincent Despont will be working as DJs in the sports bar from Sunday evening. Salgesch national player Marylin Janjic will be given the big stage and will be DJing in the Lonza Arena circulation area (Friday, June 28 from 10:00 pm). Civil defense will also be deployed during the World Cup. The Valais U20 team will also actively help set up and dismantle the pitch.

I for Internet… Visit www.visp-raron2024.ch and follow us on Facebook & Instagram. Games will be played daily from June 21, 2024, to June 29, 2024, in both Visp and Raron. Most match days start at 9 am and end at 10 pm (all matches are listed on www.visp-raron2024.ch).

J for Junior World Cup … the Junior World Cup, which had to be canceled in Visp and Raron in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID, will finally take place.

K for Kids… the schools of Upper Valais will create a great atmosphere during the day in both Raron and Visp. We would like to thank all the schools that are making the World Cup their excursion destination during the last week of school.

L for Logo… the logo was designed by national team player Nicolas Wehrli.

M for Atelier Manus… The trophies and awards are produced locally and by hand by Atelier Manus.

N for Nati… the best ranking of a Swiss men's national team was 4th place in 1999 and 2001. Even if the national team remains a challenger behind Canada, the USA, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, the home crowd should inspire the Swiss to top performances. The active national team will be coached by Oberwil Rebell's champion coach Tibor Kapanek. The women's national team will also start the competition as a challenger, coached by former player Gerhard Christen.

O for Oldie… the oldest participant comes from Bermuda and is named Peter Brodsky (born November 6, 1966).

P for Public Viewing… two large screens have been set up for the European Football Championship. The Lonza Arena offers both a fair-weather program in the Fandorf and a bad-weather program in the Lonza Arena circulation area. This is likely one of the only public viewings. From June 14 until the European Championship final, the European Championship matches can be watched free of charge, regardless of the weather. Thanks to the many furnishings provided by our partners, such as deckchairs, the World Cup can be enjoyed in a summery atmosphere. Beer tables (CHF 89.00) and networking events (every weekday during the World Cup from 11 am to 2 pm) can also be booked at www.visp-raron2024.ch.

S for Stream… all World Cup matches in Visp will be professionally produced by Brutal Güet and streamed worldwide. The games in Raron will also be streamed (1 camera). Access is via the homepage www.visp-raron2024.ch. A day pass (all matches of one day) costs CHF 10.00, a week pass with all World Cup matches CHF 50.00.

T for Tickets… if you want to enjoy the entire World Cup in a reserved seat in the main stand, you can do so for CHF 150.00. Shortly before the World Cup, day tickets will go on sale for CHF 30.00 per day. These tickets give you access to the exclusive Nations Club. Access is via the Players' Door (see photo), and the World Cup trophies will be on display in the Nations Club. Tickets are available online at www.visp-raron2024.ch.

U for United Nationsthe World Championships unite players from all over the world and aim to promote women's sports in new regions.

V for Very Special People Sahra Davis (3 Ice Hockey World Championships with Canada), Karlskrona (Sweden) ice hockey pro Julianna Thomson (Canada), AHL player Peter Abbandonato (Greece), Mestis (Finland) player Ryan Nicholson (England) and Love Island candidate Stanley Louis (Haiti) are to be followed.

W for Valais Players/Walliser SpielerInnen ... local heroes include Corin Bregy, daughter of EHC Raron president Werner Bregy, who will play two World Championship games in her home village on Tuesday, June 25, as well as Marylin Janjic from Salgesch, Manon Rey, Tess Decaillet, and Heike Bissig. Among the men, Alexandre Mermoud, who is in the Swiss MVP selection and whose mother, Paula Mermoud-Zuber, comes from Visp, Steve Kummer from Salgesch as well as Mario Paulik, Jan Bardos, and Robert Filipek (all from cup winners Sierre Lions) should be mentioned as local players.

X wie X-Spectatorsthe number of spectators at the World Championships in Sierre (2003) and Zug (2015) was 50,000 each.

Y for Youngster… the youngest participant is Slovakian Sofia Hambálková (born February 16, 2010).

Z wie train/Zug… most of the athletes' journeys between hotels and arenas at the World Championships will be by public transport (in cooperation with RegionAlps).





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