17.10.2016 17:52

International Ski Federation pleased with Lahti 2017 preparations as ticket sales hit 60,000

The International Ski Federation (FIS) is pleased with the arrangements in place for next year’s Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti. With the championships now just 131 days away, the preparations are entering the final stretch, both in terms of the competition facilities and the event itself. Ticket sales have hit another high, with 60,000 sold and reserved.

The arrangements for next years championships were discussed in detail in Lahti on Thursday and Friday last week. Present at the meeting were FIS officials along with commercial rights holders and representatives from the 2019 and 2021 championships host cities.

“I am extremely optimistic about next year’s world championships. It is my belief that this historic, seventh event will be the finest yet organised in Lahti,” Gian Franco Kasper, FIS President, commented.

“The seventh Nordic ski world championships, organised against the backdrop of Finland’s centenary celebrations, will be a truly unique event taking place Lahti next year. It is excellent that the organisers have decided to opt for something new and different, and visitors will be able to enjoy a wide range of programmed events and activities alongside the sporting events themselves. I am particularly pleased to see the organisers working so closely with local schools and inspiring a new generation to take part in snow sports,” Sarah Lewis, FIS Secretary General, said.

Next year’s world championships will offer a completely new experience for athletes, spectators and volunteers alike.

“In light of Finland’s centenary year, we have decided to set the bar high, both in terms of the organisational aspect but also the experience we will be offering to all those involved. Vierumäki will serve as a base for the competitors, offering them an Olympic-style athletes’ village atmosphere, while our spectators will be treated to a range of unique experiences. The training we offer our volunteers will place significant emphasis on customer service,” explained Janne Leskinen, Secretary General of the World Championships.

Ticket sales are progressing in line with expectations, with 60,000 sold and reserved to date. Day tickets for the world championships were released last week. Single-day ticket prices for adults start from EUR 31.50, and all prices include both the competition programme and other events taking place on site.

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