Planning for World Cup 2012 moves into high gear…
Some major milestones in April and May have been achieved – allowing the detailed planning and preparations for World Cup 2012 to move into high gear. These milestones included:
- A successful site visit by FIS officials in early May
- Confirmation of funding from all the major funding partners
- Completion of bidding processes for hotel, host broadcasts and transportation contracts, and
- Confirmation of the race dates and formats by the FIS Congress in Korea at the end of May.
As a result, the Organizing Committee is now able to move forward with more specific planning details, equipment orders and additional service contracts. There is activity in all areas – venue and facilities, in-field production and stadium announcers, event marketing and local sponsorship recruitment, volunteer recruitment, Christmas Festival and downtown activities, and of course across the range of activities of the Competition Committee under Chief of Race Mike Norton.
“One of the areas we are targeting for improvement at the December 2012 World Cup is that of in-field production." says Ken Hewitt, Organizing Committee Chair. "We are planning for a really great stage show to introduce and follow each race, with significantly better video display, children’s play area, and more viewing opportunities for spectators. All three of our races on Dec 13, 15 and 16 will be really exciting from a spectator perspective, and with the enhanced programming and facilities, World Cup 2012 will be a terrific event for visitors and locals alike.”
Coming just two weeks before Christmas, World Cup 2012 will have a distinctive Christmas theme surrounding the actual races and part of the Canmore downtown activities as well.
World Cup 2012 is sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and Cross Country Canada (CCC), and hosted by the Alberta World Cup Society. It is expected to have a world wide TV audience of over 35 million people.
Further information at www.albertaworldcup.com