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Minsk Gets Spruced Up For World Ice Hockey Championship

The Belarusian capital Minsk is getting ready to host the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Championship. The event will be held on 9-25 May 2014 in two main venues, Minsk Arena, a 15,000-seater stadium inaugurated in 2009, and Chizhovka Arena, with a seating capacity of around 10,000. Hotels are being built or renovated to accommodate 5,000 people.

An advertisement for the 2004 IIHF World Championship in Minsk's Liberty Square.
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An advertisement for the 2004 IIHF World Championship in Minsk's Liberty Square.

Minsk Arena, the main venue for the championship.
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Minsk Arena, the main venue for the championship.

An advertisement for the tournament near the Minsk Arena.
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An advertisement for the tournament near the Minsk Arena.

The Hotel Kempinski is still under construction.
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The Hotel Kempinski is still under construction.

The Chyzhouka Arena, the second main venbue for the championship
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The Chyzhouka Arena, the second main venbue for the championship

Chyzhouka Arena
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Chyzhouka Arena

The Hotel Arena is preparing for the large influx of tourists.
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The Hotel Arena is preparing for the large influx of tourists.

Advertisement for the championship on Minsk's Liberty Boulevard.
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Advertisement for the championship on Minsk's Liberty Boulevard.

The Hotel Slavyanski
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The Hotel Slavyanski

The Hotel Renaissance
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The Hotel Renaissance

Advertisement for the championship on Victors' Boulevard.
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Advertisement for the championship on Victors' Boulevard.

The Hotel Na Zamkavaj
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The Hotel Na Zamkavaj

The Hotel Olympus
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The Hotel Olympus

Advertisement for the championship on Lenin Street.
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Advertisement for the championship on Lenin Street.

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