Budvar Cup in table ice hockey is entering its national final
The 7th year of the Budvar Cup competition in table ice hockey will see its national final on Saturday 25th April from 2 p.m. in the Culture House “Vltava” in České Budějovice. Besides the table ice hockey tournament, a plentiful programme is prepared for the fans, such as the possibility to have a game of table ice-hockey for small prizes, autograph signing by the HC Mountfield České Budějovice ice hockey players or Radio Kiss Jižní Čechy’s MEGA Kiss Live Party. The evening’s main star will be the group VERONA. The entrance is free for the final contestants as well as other visitors. The contest takes place under the patronage of the Budweiser Budvar – the official beer of Czech ice hockey.
“The Budvar Cup’s final takes place annually before the start of the Ice Hockey World Championship and always puts the ice hockey fans into the upcoming championship’s spirit. We strongly believe that this year is not going to be different. Besides the table ice hockey players for whom this event represents the season’s highlight, other visitors are also going to get their share thanks to a varied programme,” says Budweiser Budvar’s PR manager Petr Samec.
For seven years the Budvar Cup has taken place in selected restaurants, where playing tables placed in so-called “Budvar arenas” are available all year round. It is basically a part of the restaurant styled in such a way that it resembles the ice hockey arena as much as possible. There is a branded ice hockey table and the atmosphere is fine-tuned by ice hockey decorations. A guest receives a token for every two purchased beers from Budweiser Budvar’s production, which he/she can have a game of table ice hockey with or even join the tournament, whose winners get to the regional rounds.
The total of 242 players took part in the regional rounds of this year’s Budvar Cup, with 121 teams competing in 15 regional rounds in e.g. Prague, Mariánské Lázně, České Budějovice and Most. The regional tournaments took place from 11th February to 3rd March. 26 teams are going to compete in the national final joined by last year’s winners Lukáš Pánek and Zbyněk Vícha contesting as the “Sterva” team from České Velenice.
The event’s programme
Budvar Cup 2009 – the national final for the regional rounds winner tem
2 p.m. – participating teams draw
2.30 – 5 p.m. – matches in groups
5 – 5.30 p.m. - autograph signing by the HC Mountfield České Budějovice ice hockey players
5.30 – 6.30 p.m. – the finals
6.30 – 7 p.m. – presentation ceremony and prize giving
Budvar Cup 2009 for the public
2 – 6 p.m. – unofficial games of table ice-hockey for prizes
8 p.m. – 2 a.m. – Mega Kiss Live Party
For more information, view www.budvar.tv.
Budweiser Budvar, National Corporation
Budweiser Budvar, N.C. brewery has long been one of the most successful Czech foodstuff companies. Nearly half of its production is exported to more than 50 countries worldwide. Budweiser Budvar’s sales increased annually by 4.5 % in 2008, having reached the volume of 1,312,580 hectolitres of beer. The brewery’s 2007 gross profit annually grew by 13% onto the total of CZK 302 million. Since 1991, about CZK 3,500 million has been invested into the modernization and development of the brewery.