The French Ice Hockey Federation is making moves. Together with Germany, they have put in a bid to host the men’s World Cup in 2017. I conjunction with this is also the development of a new, state of the art arena, for which the contract has been assigned the Swedish company ArenaProjekt.
Sven-Åke Wikers, CEO of ArenaProjekt, confirms the cooperation:
– Yes, we have been approached about the contract. Right now, we are doing a feasibility study based on the needs and functions.
The contract involves a multifunctional arena with at least 3000 seats for hockey events and 5500 for concerts.
– The facilities will also include a training facility, but the main activity will be hockey, says Mr. Wikers.
– The new arena will be used for league games, national team meetings and international matches. There are, simply put, too few good facilities in France today, he adds.
ArenaProjekt has chosen to work with Hvidt Architects, WSP and Tocoman in the project.
Facts about French hockey: The French Ice Hockey Federation was formed in 2006 in a breakaway from the French Ice Sports Federation. France has approximately 17,000 hockey players and is ranked 14th (men) and 16th (women), according to the International Ice Hockey Federation’s world ranking.
About ArenaProjekt: ArenaProjekt, formed in 2004, are specialists in creating and conceptually developing arenas. The business is managed by Sven-Åke Wikers. ArenaProjekt has been involved in over 50 national and international successful projects.