February 11, 2020
The NIHL League Management are pleased to announce the ticket information for the Laidler and Wilkinson Finals, the playoffs for NIHL Division 2 North and South.
The Finals take place over the weekend of April 4 & 5, with Planet Ice Widnes once again hosting the Laidler Finals, while the historic Alexandra Palace venue in London plays host to the Wilkinson Finals.
Tickets for both events will go on sale this Friday, February 14.
Planet Ice Widnes will welcome the top four sides from NIHL North 2, the third successive year the Laidler Finals have been hosted at the venue.
Saturday April 4 will have the semi finals at 4.30pm (1st v 4th) and 7.30pm (2nd v 3rd). Sunday’s grand final will face off at 5.30pm.
Weekend tickets will be priced at £20 for adults and £10 for concessions. This event has sold out in the previous two seasons and tickets for 2020 are also expected to go quickly. Supporters will be able to buy tickets from the Planet Ice Widnes box office or online – https://iceaccount.co.uk/ice-events/widnes/home. The direct link will be live just before sales begin.
For teams in NIHL South 2, their playoffs begin with a two-legged quarter final for the top four sides in each section. The teams will be seeded and play crossover quarterfinals, ie East 1 v West 4, East 2 v West 3, West 1 v East 4 and West 2 v East 3. The four winning teams from the quarter finals will head to ‘Ally Pally’ for the Wilkinson Finals weekend.
The semi finals on Saturday April 4 will face off at 1.00pm and 5.00pm. The highest seeded finalist will play in the first semi final. The grand final on Sunday April 5 will have a 1.00pm face-off.
Wilkinson Finals weekend tickets bought in advance are priced at £25 for adults and £10 for children. Any remaining tickets sold on the day will be £10/£5 per game. Again we strongly advise supporters to buy in advance as we suspect this event will sell out. Tickets will be on sale via Ally Pally website, with the ticket link appearing in time for Friday’s ‘go-live’.
An NLMG spokesman said: “The NIHL Championship Series for 2020 will start with the Division 2 Finals in early April, and we’re excited to get the ticket information out there for the supporters.
“In the North, the road to Widnes is a well-driven one for Laidler Division teams. Planet Ice have made us very welcome for these past two years and we are delighted to return for 2020.
“For our Wilkinson Division teams, their aim is to reach a venue so rich in hockey history, the location providing a backdrop like no other in the country.
“Two superb host venues, with great value tickets for the supporters – the countdown to Laidler and Wilkinson Finals weekends has truly begun.”