Innsbruck First Time Indoors

The OLYMPIAHALLE in the Austrian city of Innsbruck is the only arena in the world to have ever hosted two ice hockey tournaments at the Winter Olympic Games. In the background of the photo would be the Tyrolean Alps.

The OLYMPIAHALLE in the Austrian city of Innsbruck is the only arena in the world to have ever hosted two ice hockey tournaments at the Winter Olympic Games. In the background of the photo would be the Tyrolean Alps.

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The IXth Winter Games held at Innsbruck, Austria, in 1964 marked the first time in history the ice hockey tournament at the Olympics was held in an indoor arena.

Located in the Pradl district of  the city of Innsbruck, a picturesque 7,800-seat arena, known officially as the OLYMPIHALLE, was purpose-built for and opened to commence the 1964 Winter Olympics.

For the sport of ice hockey, the Olympiahalle first hosted two qualification matches — Canada’s 14-1 trampling of Yugoslavia and Switzerland’s 5-1 defeat of Norway — two days before the official start of the Innsbruck Games on January 27, 1964.

The following clip contains color footage leaving a good feel for what it was like from what appears to be the second level inside the Eishalle on opening day as white-shirted CZECHOSLOVAKIA oppose dark-shirted WEST GERMANY on January 29 :  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OLwd8y9jtk&feature=PlayList&p=39223EECA14DEC79&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=1

The eventual bronze medalist Czechoslovaks, in part behind a pair of goals from VLASTIMIL BUBNIK, handed their neighbors to the west a sound 11-1 thrashing at the Olympiahalle in Innsbruck on the opening day of  the final-round tournament at the 1964 Winter Olympics.

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