Event Name: Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018
When: 28 November – 16 December 2018
Where: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Competing teams: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain
The 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup was the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men’s national field hockey teams organized by the FIH. It was held from 28 November to 16 December 2018, at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India. The inauguration ceremony which was held on 27 November 2018, witnessed the biggest ever drone flying show in India. I was privileged to be a part of it!
Belgium won the tournament for the first time after defeating the Netherlands 3–2 in the final on a penalty shoot-out after a 0–0 draw. Defending champions Australia won the third place match by defeating England 8–1.
Ticketing services for the games was managed by Ticketgenie. Ticketgenie has earlier managed Hero Honda Hockey World Cup New Delhi 2010, Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men Lucknow 2016 which India won, and Hero Champions Trophy Bhubaneswar 2014.
One of the main partners of the event was DNA Entertainment Networks Private Limited, which is a pioneering & prestigious international event management company based in Bangalore, India. DNA combines the excitement and rush of a live event with impressive business and logistical efficiency to produce stronger and better results for all its corporate partners.
DNA Entertainment Networks has been the League Partner for Hockey India and the Hockey India League since its inception in 2013. Apart from conceptualizing Match Entertainment activities, branding and hospitality for various international tournaments for Hockey India such as the 2010 Hockey World Cup in Delhi, various World Series tournaments and the Champions Trophy in 2014, DNA overlooked Sportainment and logistics for all editions of the Hockey India League. This included organizing the Opening & Closing Ceremonies and the Players’ Auction, providing accreditation services, League management for all 6 venues and sponsorship management from the third edition on wards. DNA has also managed the stadium for the Ranchi Rhinos and the Kalinga Lancers and currently undertakes Venue Management for the Delhi Wave Riders and the Jaypee Punjab Warriors.
Head-quartered in Bangalore, DNA Entertainment Networks has a pan-India presence with branches in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata & New Delhi.
Tickets for the semifinal, finals, and bronze-medal matches were made available online from September 14th on www.ticketgenie.in, and, due to very high demand, had been restricted to two tickets per head. Ticketgenie which is owned by DNA Networks, is the no.1 sports ticketing website in India.
Ticketgenie as you know provides seamless ticketing solutions for Organisers and Customers through a vibrant e-commerce and retail network. They have managed ticket sales and redemption for marquee music events featuring artists such as: Rolling Stones, Sting, Mark Knopfler, Roger Waters, Sir Elton John, Yanni at the Taj Mahal,Bryan Adams, Ricky Martin, Sting, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Aerosmith, Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Metallica, Slayer and Santana, among others!
In a complex logistic environment in which cricket is played in India, Ticketgenie has provided Online Sales, Validation and Retail Sales of tickets at multiple stadiums across the country for over 10 Million customers till date. This covers the Indian Premier League, Champions League T20, Cricket One Day Internationals, Cricket T20 Internationals and Cricket Test matches for various State Cricket Associations on an annual basis.
Diversifying within Sports arena, Ticket Genie provided services for Hockey International matches as well as Hero Hockey India League, Extreme Sports, India Badminton League, Tennis and Basketball. They ensures that all their customers have a safe and secure system for purchasing tickets. All transactions are processed on their Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certified Payment Gateway.