Sunny-4° / 18° CDetails & further outlook
Following the World-Broadcast-Meeting, members of the local Organisation Committee Seefeld 2019 presented the current status of the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships 2019 in Seefeld. Representing FIS were FIS General Secretary Sarah Lewis, Sarah Fussek (Coordinator FIS Anti-Doping), Jürg Capol (Marketing Director), Jenny Wiedeke (Communications Manager), Silke Tegethof (Media Coordinator Nordic Combined), Pierre Mignerey (Race Director Cross-Country), Walter Hofer (Race Director Ski Jumping) and Lasse Ottesen (Race Director Nordic Combined). The sport marketing agency and TV rights licensee for the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships, INFRONT, was represented by Stefan Krauß (Managing Director, Infront Austria), Max Mutschler (Associate Director) and Manfred Schedler (Associate Director). Also in attendance were the producers assigned by Infront for the international broadcaster ORF: Gerald Kögler (Commercial Programme Head ORF Sport) and Michael Kögler (Director ORF Sport).
Following an interesting review of the Seefeld Nordic Weekend 2018, the Mayor of Seefeld, Werner Frießer (Director Sport), elaborated on progress in terms of construction and resort infrastructure for the World Championships. Highlights here were the newly refurbished WM Hall – which will serve as the press centre during the 2019 championships; the base building in the Casino Arena – where the various training formats will be dealt with, in a sustainable way; the world championship tower – offering the best perspective for time measuring for all future cross-country events; the volunteer & security centre – due to be finished June 2018; the new railway station in Seefeld – which will in future also house the Seefeld Tourist Board’s local information office. An overview of the world championships‘ cross-country trails and the overall competition area gave attendees the opportunity to ask questions and make comments.
Christian Scherer (Director Organisation FIS Nordic Ski-World Championships 2019) explained in detail the progress on the agenda so far and, along with Yvonne Kirnbauer (Administration Seefeld 2019), covered the subjects of volunteers, ticketing, accreditation, media programme, transport, parking and control systems.
The supporting tourist programme for the Seefeld pedestrian zone was presented by Elias Walser (Director Seefeld Tourist Board) and supplemented with some impressive pictorial material.
Finally, Markus Tschoner talked about the exhibition centre project for the world championships, as well as about catering and the Medal Plaza at the Seekirchl, the symbol of Seefeld.