More athletes. More Horses. More Spectators. More Cars.
Aachen. Today, the organisers of the FEI World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006 together with twofold World Dressage Champion Nadine Capellmann presented the main features of the infrastructure concept. 800 athletes, almost 900 horses and half a million spectators. The dimensions of the World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006 are impressive. But for the organising Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV) they are first of all one thing: A great challenge.
“We do indeed have the world’s largest riding stadium“, says ALRV-President Klaus Pavel, “but with only 55.5 acres there is comparably little space for spectators, athletes and horses. For comparison: The organisers in the Canadian Calgary possess almost 514 acres, the Kentucky Horse Park in the USA – Aachen’s fiercest opponent during the application process for the World Championships three years ago – even has a disposable area of about 1033 acres. “Also at the last World Equestrian Games in the Spanish Jerez there was enough space”, said Nadine Capellmann. The twofold World Champion highlighted that aside to optimal competition arenas, also sufficient and well-prepared training pitches are necessary: “But I am sure that we will come across the most professional conditions at the World Championships in Aachen – just like at the yearly CHIO.”
Frank Kemperman, General Manager of the ALRV, illustrated how this is going to be accomplished: “We have to set up the additional training pitches mainly on the present area.” Thus training and stabling facilities for riders and drivers for example will have to be installed on places that are today used as parking lots. But this alone is by far not enough. “Because of this”, said Kemperman, “we are currently holding fruitful talks with our neighbors, for example the farmers, the Hockey Club and the Railroaders’ Sports Club, about a possible co-operation. They can support us in various ways.”
From August 20 to September 3, 2006 not only more athletes and horses – in comparison to the CHIO – will be expected in Aachen, but also more spectators with more cars. Together with the City of Aachen and the police, the ALRV has developed a traffic concept. With regard to the World Championships and the current parking situation, the creation of a park & ride system will be necessary. Parts of this concept will already be tested during the CHIO 2005 (August 23 – 28).
President Klaus Pavel provided information concerning the recent developments in Stadium 1. Subsequent to the dressage competitions in the Championships’ first week, the dressage field will remain in the stadium. “We made this decision last week together with the International Federation and our course chief Frank Rothenberger. We want to ensure the best possible conditions for the show jumpers in the second week”, said Pavel. He continued that with 4.45 acres minus the size of the dressage square, the stadium would still be larger than almost every other tournament show ground in the world.