Kingston to host Broomball 2022 World Championships in November

Photo via Broomball Canada on Facebook.

This week, 36 teams from the International Federation of Broomball Association will converge in Kingston to take part in the primary international competition for the sport of Broomball.

According to a release from Visit Kingston, approximately 600 players arrived in Kingston on Monday, Oct. 31, with teams from as far away as France, Italy, and Japan. Organizers said that this event was originally supposed to take place in Kingston in 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19.

“We are pleased to welcome players and coaches from around the world. I invite them all to explore all there is to see and do in Kingston. And I hope local residents will get out to the INVISTA Centre… to watch the players in action,” said Megan Knott, Executive Director of Tourism Kingston.

Broomball is a winter sport played in arenas throughout Canada. The sport is similar to hockey and was also founded in Canada. According to the release, it is a team sport with two opposing sides of six on-ice players played on a standard hockey rink, with each team trying to score on the opposing team’s net. Unlike hockey, players do not wear skates but instead special rubber-soled shoes and use a modified “broom” with a triangular head to hit a ball on the ice.

The World Broomball Championships 2022 will take place at the Invista Centre (1350 Gardiners Road) from November 1 to 5, 2022, with games taking place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Kingston said that tickets are not required.

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