October 8, 2018 / 11:50 AM / a month ago

GB Hockey to play internationals at Twickenham Stoop

(Reuters) - Great Britain Hockey will stage two international matches at London’s Twickenham Stoop in June, 2019, the sport’s national governing body said on Monday.

The British men’s and women’s teams will face New Zealand in a double header on an international standard hockey pitch which will be installed on top of the grass at the 14,800-capacity Stoop, home of Premiership rugby union club Harlequins.

The games on June 23 could attract the biggest crowd to watch hockey in England since the 2012 London Olympics.

“The growing demand for tickets shows that the appetite is there for a venue of this size,” Sally Munday, chief executive of England Hockey, said in a statement.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to both Harlequins and the FIH (International Hockey Federation) for their help in making this happen, as well as Sport England for supporting the innovative pitch development process.”

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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