Utica becomes one of only five US cities to ever host the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships. This year’s tournament is set for April 3-14 at the Adirondack Bank Center and is expected to bring tens of thousands of visitors to our area.
The tournament features the best women’s ice hockey players in the world from 10 nations and all 29 games of the event will be staged at Adirondack Bank Center in Utica.
“With the limited availability, we encourage fans to purchase tickets now,” said Tony Driscoll, assistant executive director of marketing, communications and events for USA Hockey. “It’s not often we get the chance to host a world championship in our country, and between the support of Mohawk Valley Garden, the state of New York, Oneida County, Turning Stone Resort, the city of Utica and many others, we know it will be a great experience for fans and the teams visiting from across the world.”
All-session ticket package are currently on sale at EmpireStateTix.com.
The 10 teams are divided into two groups with the U.S., Canada, Czechia, Finland and Switzerland comprising Group A, while China, Denmark, Germany, Japan and Sweden make up Group B. In the preliminary round, each team will play the other four teams in its group.
All five teams from Group A and the top three from Group B advance to the quarterfinals on April 11, with the winners facing off in the semifinals on April 13. The two semifinals winners will play for gold on April 14, with the losing two teams competing for bronze earlier that day.
The U.S. has four preliminary round games, including against Switzerland on April 3, Czechia on April 5, Finland on April 6 and Canada on April 8. All U.S. preliminary games are set for 7 p.m. ET.
The full tournament schedule for all teams can be found here.
The 2024 tournament marks the fifth time the U.S. has hosted the event and the first time since 2017 when the tournament was held in Plymouth, Michigan. Other U.S. host cities have included Lake Placid, New York, (1994), Minneapolis (2001), and Burlington, Vermont (2012).
The U.S. is the defending world champion and since the tournament’s inception in 1990 has appeared in every gold-medal game.