The famous "Het Plein" square in the Dutch city of The Hague—located just behind the government buildings—is taking on a new guise as The Hague's "Hockey Square" for the duration of the Hockey World Cup. Councillor Karsten Klein and retired top hockey player Ties Kruize recently unveiled the official "Haags Hockey Plein" street sign for the square. Kruize has assumed the role of "temporary mayor" of the square and is looking forward to enjoying the celebrations over the 14-day competition. "We want to make celebrations at the square accessible to everyone; the entire city can enjoy sport, culture, music and great food free of charge. We want this to be a place where we bring cultures and people together".
TenCate has laid a 12.5 x 25-metre hockey pitch on the square. "This pitch will host a number of matches over the course of the next few weeks, including the final of the street hockey tournament", says Kruize. "Visitors will also be able to have a go at playing hockey themselves. When the Netherlands played host to the Hockey World Cup for the second time, back in 1973, there were 55,000 people in the country who played hockey; now we have 230,000 players. The sport is constantly growing in popularity, and this TenCate hockey pitch at Hockey Square in The Hague will help to ensure that the sport continues to thrive".
Hockey Square is open from 9 a.m. to midnight every day for two weeks, offering a variety of activities including clinics, hockey matches against politicians and activities for kids. Visitors can also watch the World Cup matches as they happen on the square's big screens.