POSTED: April 7th 2015

Venue names for PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games have been announced

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Stadium © POCOG
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Stadium © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The names of the Games-related facilities for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have been confirmed, today, by the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games (POCOG).

POCOG made sure to incorporate the opinions of stakeholders, which included the Gangwon Providence, Host and Venue Cities and national sports federations. The finalized names are friendly to Korean and non-Korean speakers, along with being easily recognizable.

These names will be used during the Games, but they will most likely to maintain these names after the conclusion of the Games, to become part of the Olympic Legacy of PyeongChang 2018.

POCOG maintained consistency with the ice venues' names by putting 'Gangneung" in all the sport facilities' names. This will also help in the promotion of Gangnueng, as a leading location in Asia for ice sports.  

Existing resort names of snow sport venues already in PyeongChang were utilized by POCOG, as PyeongChang and Jeongson are growing as destinations for winter leisure sports.

In addition, the naming process allowed POCOG to bring together stakeholders and strengthen their cooperation as partners under a unified goal to host a successful Winter Games.

PyeongChang 2018 confirmed the names after discussions with the IOC, which included 20 Games-related facilities made up of two Clusters, four Precincts and 14 Venues.

Please click through for the venue name chart:

The names were due to be submitted by the end of 2016, per the IOC Master Schedule. In view of that, POCOG wanted to actively promote the Games from an early stage, so they decided to finalize the names now. With the names released, POCOG can raise awareness and use the official venue names in promotional events, publications and more.

With three years remaining, the official venue names can be used to enhance the brand of PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon. Also, tourist spots of Alpensia, Bokwang and Yongpyong will be promoted to the entire globe.

 "Just like the naming of the Games-related facilities, we will do our utmost effort to promote Host and Venue Cities and to create legacy for the post-games in all measures, including the process of construction and operation of the venues," stated POCOG President, Yang-Ho Cho.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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