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08-17-2013, 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Chukcha View Post
Even Germany with their powerful economics can't develop ice hockey up to soccer level... or at least F1 level. The more powerful hockey nations = the easier to promote ice hockey globally.
It's hard in Germany with 4 top professional team sports (football, ice hockey, handball, basketball) and the fact that even 2. Bundesliga has an average attendance of 20,000+ (more than most top football leagues in Europe).

But there is interest in ice hockey and sometimes there are even cool events with many spectators.

2010 WC opener in Veltins-Arena (Gelsenkirchen): 78,000 spectators, world wide indoor record for ice hockey + back then highest spectator number for a single hockey game
Jan 2013 DEL Winter Game (Nürnberg): 55,000 specatators, DEL record

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