Ice hockey officials from the United States visited Belfast ahead of the NI Connections Friendship Four tournament.
The four teams competing in the tournament for the Belpot Tropy are Quinnipiac University, The University of Vermont, St Lawrence University and the University of Massachusetts.
Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Inspection team to Belfast and hope their visit will be a very productive one – not only through their remit of inspecting the SSE Arena ahead of the Friendship Four games but getting to visit some of our city’s other top attractions whilst here.
“The buzz generated already has been amazing and it can only get better. Hosting this prestigious tournament in Belfast is a direct outcome of our Sister Cities relationships with the United States and will undoubtedly bolster further exchanges particularly in terms of our business, tourism and educational links. It will be a great boost to our economy”.
The tournament will take place the SSE Arena on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November.