Switzerland is one of the four founding members of the IIHF in 1908 and hosted the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship ten times, the last time being in 2009 in Berne and in Zurich-Kloten.
With 400,000 inhabitants in the city and 1.5 million in the region, Zurich is the largest city in the country. The heritage building Hallenstadion was originally built in 1939 and after a year of complete interior renovation reopened in 2005. When used as an ice hockey arena it can hold up to 11,200 people, it has a nearby practice rink and is the home to the local ice hockey club, ZSC Lions.
The brand-new arena in Lausanne will be the second venue. The 9,500-seat arena will also host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Lausanne is the second-largest city in the French-speaking area of Switzerland with 350,000 inhabitants in the region. It is known to be an international sports hub where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as well as many international sport federations have their headquarters.