Monday, December 11, 2023

Why the FIH must look at joint men and women Hockey World Cup bid for 2026

Terrassa — You can gauge the mood of the city with a simple question to the local cabbie. “Muerta, nada,” was the response when The Hockey Paper hopped in from Terrassa train station and asked if there was a party vibe in Terrassa, or at least if he was being kept busy. 

As first impressions goes, this wasn’t a rosy one.

This first co-hosted Women’s World Cup came about after Spanish organisers asked their Dutch counterparts if they would join forces after number-crunching the costs to stage the 2022 event.

The Spanish put on a fine spectacle at the well-appointed Estadi Olimpico, while the venue staff and organisers made all and sundry feel welcome in Terrassa. But has this World Cup, held in two different venues over 1,500kms apart, been a success in the wider picture?

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  1. I was disappointed to see how small the crowds were in Spain this year. Let the Dutch have it, they know how to fill a stadium!


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