UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced on Sunday, April 16 that the Adirondack Bank Center and Utica University Nexus Center will be hosting the 2024 IIHF World Women’s Championship.

“We are confident that Utica will be an excellent host,” said Luc Tardif, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation. “It is always a positive to have someone like Robert (Esche), who played on U.S. National Teams and also played in the NHL, involved as he brings a unique perspective that will contribute to what we know will be a great Women’s Worlds.”

The women’s championship – which made its debut in 1990 – was also held in New York State in 1994, when Lake Placid hosted the tournament. It’s also the fifth time the United States will host the tournament, the last time being in 2017 in Plymouth, Michigan. The city will welcome 350 athletes from ten countries, as well as thousands of spectators, from around the world.

“This is an astounding opportunity for the city as it will be a moment for the community to showcase what Utica has to offer,” Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon said in a statement. “I am beyond grateful for my fellow legislators and the governor for their support for the Utica University Nexus Center, the city, and the Mohawk Valley Region. The Adirondack Bank Center and Nexus are exceptional facilities that deserve this great recognition.”

The championship finished up in Brampton, Ontario, Canada over the weekend, with the United States picking up a 6-3 victory over Canada in the gold medal game. Next year’s tournament is scheduled to run from April 4th to the 14th, and there will be 31 games played over those ten days.

Ticket information will be announced at a later date.