POSTED: September 20th 2010

Munich 2018: Key land breakthrough for Garmisch-Partenkirchen venues

Garmisch-Partenkirchen the main snow sport area for the Munich bid / Munich 2018 / Gunter Standl
Garmisch-Partenkirchen the main snow sport area for the Munich bid / Munich 2018 / Gunter Standl

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/MUNICH, Sept. 20: The Munich 2018 bid has attained a breakthrough in the discussions with local land owners in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen areas that are vital for the overall bid plan.

Discussions between the head of the Bavarian State Chancellery, Siegfried Schneider, and representatives from the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, came to a fruitful conclusion yesterday opening the door for stronger local support behind the German bid.

Schneider said, “Our discussions in Garmisch-Partenkirchen were extraordinarily constructive and positive from beginning to end. This result speaks for itself. At every stage of the development of Munich 2018’s bid concept, we have sought feedback and communication from local people and landowners. This positive, proactive approach is now paying dividends. With this solution package, everyone wins.”

Environmentalists had expressed concerns over the use of the Stieranger green belt, the so-called ‘Green Lung’ of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and following yesterday’s discussions the area will remain untouched. The land around the golf course will also remain as it is and the Media and Snow Villages will consequently be transferred to new locations.

Bid ceo Bernhard Schwank said, “The Munich 2018 Bid Committee is delighted by the outcome of the Bavarian government’s talks with the representatives from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. We feel the results are a huge step in the right direction for putting together a winning bid for Munich. We are delighted at the progress that has been made on enhancing and clarifying some of the core issues in the concept of the bid, especially those surrounding the proposed venues for the Media and Snow Villages.”

The new plan will foresee the Snow Village at the current site of railway buildings and Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s Olympic Ice Stadium, a legacy building from the 1936 Games. The buildings will be temporary with no more than three floors and the Ice Sports Centre and Alpspitzbad will remain integral to the plan.

The new Media Village will be split into several locations and one of the current options will be the Federal Armed Forces barracks in Murnau.

The core of Munich’s bid is a ‘Two Park’ concept and each cluster will serve as a sport and cultural center for the Games and allow for close proximity between venues and accommodations.

Munich is in the 2018 winter Games bid race against PyeongChang and Annecy and the final decision will be voted in Durban South Africa next July at the IOC Session.

Keywords · Munich 2018 · Siegfried Schneider · Bernhard Schwank · Garmisch-Partenkirchen · Olympic bidding

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