• Ticket ballot launched after unprecedented demand for showpiece event
  • Follows hugely successful ‘Hockey Family’ ticket window in April
  • Hockey Revolution reflected in record breaking ticket sales

London, England: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and partner England Hockey launched a Public Ticket Ballot on Saturday 19 August for the Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 following unprecedented demand for the sport’s showpiece event.

By pre-registering via fih.ch/tickets, fans will be the first to receive the link to the official Ballot website on 19 August, while those who don’t will be able to enter the Ballot directly on the website from this date onwards.

Fans will be able to apply for tickets for as many matches as they want* for the event taking place in London’s Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park between 21 July and 5 August 2018. Successful applicants will be selected at random with payment only being taken if ticket requests are successful after the Public Ballot closes on 6 September. Following the Public Ballot, general public sale is expected to begin later in 2017.

The launch of the Ballot follows a hugely successful ‘Hockey Family Priority Window’ which gave members of hockey clubs affiliated with England Hockey and previous international match purchasers the first opportunity to secure a limited amount of tickets.

This exclusive window saw a record breaking 10,000 tickets sold within the first hour of going on sale. The Public Ballot will give thousands more sports fans the opportunity to see fast-paced, action packed, world-class hockey live in London.

Demand for the Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 certainly indicates the sport is on the rise. Following the success of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where over nine million viewers in Great Britain alone tuned in to watch the women’s gold medal match, plus the launch of the Hockey Pro League due to begin in 2019, interest in the sport is at an all-time high.

This is further reflected by the commitment made by the event’s host broadcaster, BT Sport. After televising the sport in 4K Ultra-High Definition for the first time at the 2016 Hockey Champions Trophies in London, BT Sport will continue to innovate in its coverage of the game, particularly for the World Cup, as they bid to bring fans much closer to the action.

Speaking about ticketing, FIH CEO Jason McCracken said: “This is the first opportunity for the general public to purchase their tickets to one of the biggest events in sport. Demand has been incredible thanks to outstanding development and promotional work being undertaken by our hosts England Hockey, the success of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and excitement building ahead of the Hockey Pro League which begins in 2019.”

He continued: “This exceptional demand is certainly an indication that our 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy is delivering results. Creating big, bold, packed and loud events, showcasing world-class hockey at its best, is key to achieving our aim of making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation. As a result we will be working hard to make sure this is an unforgettable event for those both in London and watching around the world.”

News about this event is regularly updated on the official Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 website worldcup2018.hockey/women whilst other updates are regularly posted via FIH TwitterFacebook and Instagram.