[img_assist|nid=1614|title=Testing time|desc=Tickets go on sale for the Olympic hockey test event today|link=node|align=left|width=276|height=155]Tickets for hockey’s Olympic test event, the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament, will go on sale to the public at 10am on Thursday March 15, from Ticketmaster.
As a sponsor of London 2012, Visa (debit, credit, prepaid) is the only card accepted for online ticket sales for this London Prepares series event.
Spectators of all ages will need a ticket and children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
The Visa International Invitational Tournament will feature current world champions, the men’s Australian and German teams who are currently ranked number one and two in the world; the current women’s world champions, Argentina; as well as both the men’s and women’s British teams as they prepare for the London 2012 Games.
The men’s tournament will also feature India, winners of eight Olympic gold medals while China, the women’s silver medallists from Beijing, and Korea, also take part in the women’s event.
The tournament will give these top teams the chance to compete at a London 2012 venue ahead of the Games. It will also allow spectators the chance to visit the Olympic Park and see world-class sporting action.
Each team will play one match against each other in the preliminary phase from May 2–5. There will be a rest day for the teams on Friday May 5.
The first and second place teams will then play each other in the final on Sunday May 6 and the third and fourth place teams will play off for the final ranking positions.