Next year will start off with a bang as Croatia hosts the 2018 European Men’s Handball Championship.
After winning the bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships, the Olympics in 2012, and the 2016 European Championships in Poland, Croatia will host the 2018 European Men’s Handball Championship. This will be the second time Croatia has hosted the tournament, after first hosting it in Zagreb and Rijeka in 2000.
The 2018 European Men’s Handball Championship will be held from January 12 to 28, 2018 in Zagreb, Split, Varaždin and Poreč, reports HRTurizam on August 19, 2017.
At the Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb on June 23, 2017, the draw for the European Men’s Handball Championship was held, and the host cities were named for each group. Group A, which is the group Croatia drew, will be played at the Spaladium Arena in Split with Sweden, Serbia and Iceland. Group B will be played at the Žatika Sports Centre in Poreč with France, Belarus, Norway and Austria. Group C will be played at the Arena Center in Zagreb with Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Slovenia, and Group D will be played at the Varaždin Arena with Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, and Hungary.
The tournament, as expected, will serve as a platform for endless promotional opportunities for each city. Here’s a look at how the host city of Poreč is preparing for the European sporting spectacle.
“With regard to the tourist season and the record number of guests currently staying in Poreč, to inform the tourists, we have placed four jumbo posters in different city locations and have distributed 5,000 leaflets to hotels,” said the Tourist Board of Poreč, adding that Poreč is a city of sports and will certainly prove to be a successful host of this European sporting event.
As part of sponsoring the 2018 European Men’s Handball Tournament, the cities are obliged to ready their premises per the rules and regulations of the EHF (European Handball Federation). As the mayor of Poreč previously announced, the Žatika Sports Centre will need some renovations.
“This means, first and foremost, that we must reconstruct the lighting, the dressing rooms, and install additional stands. I must emphasize that we have foreseen this in the budget for 2017 and there will be no problems. I hope that our organization will be just as good as it was a few years ago at the World Championships,” said the City of Poreč.
Poreč will also have a public display of all European Championship matches, as well as a social and entertainment program for the many fans in attendance during the championship. In addition to showcasing top-quality handball and great entertainment, the European Handball Championship will bring in the foreign press which will further promote the city as a co-organizer and as a champion of Croatian tourism.
All four cities will host the group stages of the competition while Zagreb and Varaždin will host the knockout stages of the competition. The Zagreb Arena will host the semifinals and finals.
Tickets are currently available to purchase for all stages of the tournament, including the semifinals and finals.
Ticket prices begin at 150 HRK (approximately €20 ) for preliminary round matches, 450 HRK (approximately €60) for the semifinals and 800 HRK (approximately €105) for the finals.
More information on tickets can be found here.
Translated from HRTurizam