Tuesday 17 March 2015: Following extremely high demand for tickets, which has resulted in both Finals days and other key sessions selling out, England Hockey and The European Hockey Federation have made the decision to expand Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre’s seating capacity to allow more spectators to enjoy the much-anticipated EuroHockey Championships  this August.

The decision to add an extra 1800 seats will come as welcome news to hockey and general sports fans still looking to relive memories of the London 2012 OIympics, with the return of international hockey to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The seating increase also means European audiences will be able to purchase Finals tickets which initially sold out so quickly.

From Monday 27 April at 12pm, these additional tickets will firstly be available to existing EuroHockey Championship tickets buyers and those who have bought tickets to the three other upcoming international hockey events hosted in England in 2015 (GB men v Germany on 14 April, GB women v Japan on 26 April and GB men v Australia on 13 June).  This priority window rewards loyal supporters who may have bought tickets for other matches having missed out on the most popular tickets.  Any unsold tickets will be released for general sale at 12pm on Friday 1 May.

Chair of the EuroHockey Delivery Group, Jonathan Cockcroft, commented: “We’re delighted to have seen such ticket demand for what promises to be the biggest hockey event ever hosted in this country outside of the Olympics.

“Hockey offers an extremely appealing, affordable day out for families, hockey fans and general sports fans alike, and we have every confidence that tickets will continue to sell fast as we build up to the event.  It’s fantastic for our sport that we have a national venue on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and these opportunities for people to enjoy world-class hockey.”

Angus Kirkland, Director General of the EHF added “Following the hugely successful, fan-centric EuroHockey Championships in Belgium in 2013, with a packed stadium, it was essential for us that this trend was continued in 2015. It is a real credit to England Hockey that they have successfully created such a demand for tickets that we can now grow the capacity of the ground in the firm knowledge that more fans will come and enjoy what will be a fantastic event on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

The priority access window means anyone who is looking to enjoy the Finals or other weekends sessions currently sold out will be able to gain access before the general public by purchasing a ticket to any other EuroHockey 2015 session or another England Hockey international event. Those events are the Nations Cup – Great Britain v Germany on 14 April; The Investec Private Bank International – Great Britain v Japan on 26 April; and Great Britain v Australia on 14 June. As of today, all events are now on sale.

Hospitality is also now available for Eurohockey 2015, with two premium packages launched last week. Registrations of interest can be made on the EuroHockey 2015 website.

Photograph: Packed stadium at the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships 2013 (Frank Uijlenbroek (c))