Munich looks forward to a major international sports extravaganza in the Olympic Hall. The preparations on the venue for the preliminary rounds are being made at top speed.
In exactly 100 days this Tuesday, the 2019 Handball World Championships will begin in Germany and Denmark. Just one day after the first throw in Berlin, Munich will also be lining up on the 11th of January as one of the venues for the preliminary rounds. Until 17th of January, the fans in the Olympic Hall will be able to look forward to five days of play, each with three matches, in this major international handball tournament. The Olympic Park will play host to the World Championships Group B, in which the former world champions and Olympic winners Croatia will meet the current European champions Spain, as well as Macedonia, Iceland, Bahrain and Japan.
"We're really looking forward to the World Championships", says Olympic Park boss Marion Schöne, adding: "It's very important to us that we make the handball tournament in the Olympic Park a unique experience both for the teams, their fans and for residents of Munich, and show that Bavaria - and Munich - can also play handball. We're already working hard on this with input from the Bavarian Handball Association and the State Capital."
In actual fact, the hot stage of the preparations began ages ago. They included a roadshow by the Bavarian Handball Association (BHV) which toured Bavaria, making ten stops to bring World Championships in Munich fever to around 300 clubs. On the 3rd of October, the Handball World Championships experience will begin for the Bavarian D youth team. In the BHV's mini-World Championships, teams from the age class of 2006 and 2007 will play against each other in tournaments over the coming months, just like in the real World Championships. Participants from all over Bavaria will be taking part, playing in a group stage and in the subsequent knock-out system to reach the mini-World Championship finals. The highlight of the tournament will be the final matches on the 13th of January in the Olympic Hall! And last but not least, on the 9th of October, a primary school campaign day is being held, involving around 240 schools. The aim of the campaign is to teach children how much fun handball - and playing sport in general - can be, as part of a two-hour "have a go at handball" session.
World Championships Ambassador Dominik Klein, who has been promoting the World Championships at various events over recent weeks, is truly passionate about the sport: "The euphoria of the German fans helped us achieve the World Championships title in 2007. So let's make the World Championships in Munich an incredible, international handball extravaganza!"
The cooperation with BAU 2019, which is being held almost at the same time from the 14th to the 19th of January at the Munich Trade Fair grounds, will generate even more international interest and visitors. "We are delighted to be able to cooperate with the Munich Olympic Park. In fact, the two events - both the Handball World Championships and BAU - have an international focus, creating interesting and attractive synergy effects", says Mirko Arend, Project Manager at BAU.
Advance ticket sales for the Handball World Championships (10th to 27th January 2019) moved into the next phase recently, and further contingents have been released for the German match venues in Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Hamburg. Just like in the other cities, ticket sales for the World Championships match in the Olympic Hall have been tremendous. More than three months before the first throw on the 11th of January in the Olympic Park, more than 35,000 tickets have been sold.
For the World Championships venue in Munich, tickets are available in five different categories. It will be possible to watch all three matches on any one match day for Euro 29 and upwards. A family ticket is also available, allowing a match day to be watched for Euro 23. There are also special offers for groups. The 8+2 promotion entitles clubs to purchase a total of ten tickets for the price of eight, thereby receiving two free. This offer is available in pricing categories 2, 3 and 4. If anyone is interested in watching all 15 matches in Munich, a venue package is available with a 20 per cent discount, and is available to buy from Euro 116.
Tickets are available exclusively via the official website handball19.com