Opening Ceremony of Hague Hockey Square

Haags Hockey Plein
1. Het Plein, with a sculpture of William the Silent in the centre of the Square

To celebrate Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 that is currently being hosted in The Hague, Netherlands, and to get all residents in The Hague to be involved in the tournament, Het Plein, the city’s “Square” in downtown, just adjacent to Parliament House, has been turned into Haags Hockey Plein (Hague Hockey Square) from May 30th to June 15th, 2014.

Haags Hockey Plein
2. Mayor of The Hague, Mr JJ van Aartsen, officially launching Haags Hockey Plein

Haags Hockey Plein
3. Dutch hockey legend, Ties Kruize, Chairman of the Organising Committee of Haags Hockey Plein, being interviewed on stage

Launched by the Mayor of The Hague, Mr JJ van Aartsen, visitors to Haags Hockey Plein can soak in the fun of hockey, a family sport here in the Netherlands, with a series of programmes and entertainment that have been lined up for 17 days.

Haags Hockey Plein
4. some of the guests mingling around in the “By Invitation Only” section

Haags Hockey Plein
5. opening dance to celebrate hockey

This lively centre for all hockey-related activities in the heart of the city begins daily at 9am with hockey demonstrations and clinics run by local hockey clubs and even gym classes for high school students.

Haags Hockey Plein
6. performance by children with their hockey sticks

Haags Hockey Plein
7. at the DJ console

On match days, hockey matches in the Kyocera Stadium will be broadcast live on a large screen at the Hague Hockey Square beginning 10.30am.

Haags Hockey Plein
8. Ties Kruize again with Karsten Klein (m), Den Haag City Deputy Mayor

Haags Hockey Plein
9. hockey demonstration

Meanwhile, at 5pm, come and enjoy live stage entertainment by popular artistes. Highlights are Residentie Orkest, De Dutch Don’t Dance Division, Jon Tarifa, Tim Akkerman and Sintiromarus.

Haags Hockey Plein
10. a group shot of children in hockey gear with Stockey the mascot for Hockey World Cup 2014

Haags Hockey Plein
11. live music every evening at 5pm

Dance the night away with local DJs spinning energetic tracks. For further information and the day’s programme, check the website of Haags Hockey Plein at

Event: Opening Ceremony of Hague Hockey Square
Venue: Het Plein, The Hague, Netherlands
Date: 30th May, 2014
Time: 1pm

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