The Stena Line Belfast Giants will host the renowned International Ice-Hockey Federation (IIHF) Continental Cup Final in Belfast on Friday 11th – Sunday 13th January 2019.
The IIHF announced their decision on Wednesday with the Giants organisation, who won the rights over Arlan Kokshetau of Kazakstan, submitting their bid immediately following the Semi-Final stage, also hosted at The SSE Arena, with Belfast winning the right to host the prominent European hockey final in the new year.
The Continental Cup is bound for Belfast! The final will be hosted in this arena 11-13 January with Kazakh champion @ArlanClub, host @BelfastGiants, @KHGKSKatowice (Poland) and @HCGomelcom (Belarus) battling for the winners' plate. https://t.co/KIJ9TdbC5F
Photo: William Cherry pic.twitter.com/yYz7V772pu
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) November 28, 2018
Over 15,000 fans packed into The SSE Arena for the previous round across Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th November with the IIHF impressed with Belfast’s hosting of the Continental Cup Semi-Final.
This will be the first occasion that an Elite League side has hosted the Final as Adam Keefe will lead his side on home ice against three of Europe’s finest sides – Poland’s GKS Katowice, Arlan Kokshetau of Kazakstan and Belarus’ HK Gomel.
The host city is….BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND😁🎉@IIHFHockey have announced that the Stena Line Belfast Giants have won the bid host the renowned Continental Cup Super Final on Friday 11th – Sunday 13th January 2019!
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) November 28, 2018
Continental Cup Final Ticket information will be announced as soon as possible. Keep a check on the Belfast Giants official website and social media channels for more information as soon as it becomes available.
The Giants qualified for the 2018/19 IIHF Continental Cup by winning the 2017/18 Challenge Cup, defeating the Cardiff Devils 6-3 in the final on Sunday 4th March.
— TAURON KH GKS Katowice (@KHGKSKatowice) November 28, 2018
This is the Giants second ever appearance in the European showpiece event after qualifying for the eight team version of the Final in the 2002/03 season.
That year, the Giants travelled to Milan, Italy and Lugano, Switzerland to face some of the best of European hockey, hosts HC Lugano, HC Davos and HC Slovan Bratislava.