The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Odisha government officially confirmed that the World League final 2017 (men) and 2018 World Cup (men) will be held in Bhubaneswar. The Kalinga Stadium will host the two of hockey’s biggest events, where World League and World Cup champions will be crowned. The venue successfully hosted the 2014 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy. It is also home to the current Hockey India League champions, the Kalinga Lancers.
The Men’s Hockey World League Final in 2017 will take place between December 1-10 and will welcome eight of the world’s best men’s teams who, in addition to the hosts, qualify from this summer’s Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
The Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 will take place in late November/early December and will see 15 teams join hosts India at the event. They will qualify from the Hockey World League Semi-Finals and Continental Championships, also taking place this year. It was also announced that the State of Odisha will be the title sponsor for both events. It was also announced that the State of Odisha will be the title sponsor for both events.
It will be called ‘Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017’ and the ‘Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018’. The World League Final will be held from December 1 to 10. The World Cup will take place in late November/early December in 2018 and will see 15 teams joining host India. The venue is familiar to hockey fans as it had successfully hosted the 2014 men’s Hero Hockey Champions Trophy. It is also the home of Coal India Hockey India League champion Kalinga Lancers.