Amsterdam is to host the 2017 EuroHockey Championships, field hockey’s continental championships, at the Wagener Stadium on August 19 to 27, the European Hockey Federation, together with the KNHB, the Dutch federation, have announced.
The decision follows a process that began in November last year when EHF member federations were asked for expressions of interest in hosting the men’s and women’s event.
The Netherlands, one of the sport’s main strongholds, faced rival bids from France and Spain for the right to host the event, albeit France subsequently withdrew, leaving Amsterdam and Barcelona in the race.
The Dutch city of The Hague is presently hosting the 2014 Men's Hockey World Cup.
Erik van der Burg, an alderman of Amsterdam city council, said: “We are delighted the EuroHockey Championships for both men and women are coming to Amsterdam in 2017. This brings the total number of major hockey events staged in Amsterdam to 17. Amsterdam has been a hockey city for years – the ‘marriage’ goes back to the 1928 Olympics when hockey was played at the Olympic Stadium.
"Hockey remains extremely popular to this day. Amsterdam has 10 clubs and membership is growing continually. We are sure these championships will deliver economic and sporting spin offs for the city, as we have experienced in the terrific atmosphere of the World Cup in The Hague. Amsterdam is looking forward to welcoming the international hockey community to our wonderful city.”
Angus Kirkland, director general of the EHF, said: “The EHF is delighted to be once again partnering with the KNHB for the 2017 EuroHockey Championships, Women and Men. We are very confident this partnership will continue to grow the interest and profile of this great Tournament and hockey generally. We have witnessed firsthand this week the continuing professionalism of the KNHB as host organisers and the massive interest in hockey in The Netherlands.
The Championships will deliver an athlete-centric high profile event that the fans will love being a part of. In addition the KNHB is committed to spreading a legacy beyond its borders and to sharing their knowledge and experience with our Member Associations, in the build up to and during the Championships. The EHF looks forward to working with the KNHB to deliver a fantastic 2017 EuroHockey Championships.”
The quadrennial event was held in Belgium in 2013.