September 15, 2012 (Falun, Sweden) – The 5th meeting of the FIS Coordination Group for the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships took place in Falun on September 11-12 at the Lugnet venue, which is also the home of the Swedish Ski Association. The growing ‘red team’ of the Falun 2015 Organising Committee welcomed the representatives of FIS, EBU and its marketing partner Tridem Sports, host broadcaster SVT along with the City of Falun’s project management, for two days of a comprehensive review of the current state of their preparations.
Major excavation work that involves bringing the landing slopes up to modern requirements is also underway and the groundwork should be completed by the summer of 2013. At the same time, work is in progress to further develop the cross-country arena and tracks for the 2015 championships and most of this should already be completed in time for this winter’s FIS World Cup events in March 2013.
“Considerable work has been done since our last visit in April and the preparations are progressing well. After our concerns which were reviewed this spring, it is great to see the construction work finally getting underway. The schedule is tight with no margin for delays, so it is necessary to remain vigilant and maintain strict control over the timetable.
Sven von Holst, the Chairman of the Board of the Organizing Committee stated: “The initial planning phase is now finished, and we enter a more intensive period of preparations. We have encountered some obstacles along the way, but our sights are now set forwards. We need to be ready, our dates are given and we cannot lose any time. But I feel confident especially given the strong support from the City of Falun and our ambition is to involve the entire region of Dalarna in the championships.”
Jonny Gahnshag, Mayor of the City of Falun, reaffirmed: “The critical period of April has been overcome and work at Lugnet is progressing well. I am confident as well and think that our focus must now move to opportunities for regional development and serving companies interested to use our facilities for their activities as well as to engage children and youth in the sport of skiing.”
In general, one of the main goals of the event is to attract 200,000 spectators during the competitions, especially along the tracks and at the jumping stadium currently being re-constructed. The ticket sales for the championships are expected to launch at the time of the final test events in the spring of 2014, ready to fill the Lugnet stadium whose capacity will reach 60,000 fans per day.
In order to inform the local communities about the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, the Organizing Committee plans a road show around the region of Dalarna to inform all 15 communities and engage the region’s citizens in the event. Launching its promotional activities and opportunities for Falun 2015 includes a competition to select a mascot for the event to succeed Bubo the eagle-owl that was the mascot for the Falun 1993.
The competition is open for schoolchildren and junior members of sports clubs all over Sweden but anybody can send in their entries on the basis of a drawing or a model with a name. The winner will be announced at the World Cup Finals in March 2013 and the mascot introduced during the summer of 2013.
The next Coordination Group in Falun is planned in conjunction with the Official Debrief of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Val di Fiemme 2013 on May 6-7, 2013 where the torch is effectively passed to Falun to deliver the next edition of the event.