Schedules of Lahti2017 confirmed
The starting times of next year's FIS Nordic World Ski Championships have been confirmed. The ski events will mainly take place during the day, with the exception of individual and Nordic combined team sprint finals. In ski jumping, the Nordic combined events are scheduled for the daytime, whereas the ski jumping competitions will be organised in the evenings.
Compiling competition schedules is a complicated process; the special needs and opportunities of different sports, telecasting and the location must be taken into account.
- The ski events will mainly take place during the day when there is enough daylight even in the forest. The events taking place at the stadium or in its vicinity, however, can be organised during prime time in the evening with the help of artificial lighting. The weather conditions also usually become steadier towards the evening, enabling a more equal competition, says Sports Director Tami Kiuru.
A ticket to the championships always includes the competition programme for the entire day, as well as the extensive side events.
Packages for two or more days are currently available for the championships. Single-day tickets will go on sale in the autumn for the sections where seats are still available. At the beginning of June, ticket sales exceeded 40,000, and the main stand is already booked full for the most popular days.
FIS praises organisational changes in Lahti
The representatives of the championships organisation presented the situation of the arrangements and discussed open questions in the congress of the International Ski Federation (FIS) in Mexico. FIS has been very happy with the changes made in the Lahti championships organisation, among other things.
- In competition management, the organisation has been renewed and made younger, which has pleased FIS. Incorporation of the operations (Lahti Events Oy owned by the city) and building a professional organisation around the championships organisation has been viewed as an excellent direction for development, says Janne Leskinen, Secretary General of the World Championships and the Executive Director of Lahti Events Oy.
The International Ski Federation has also approved the final track solutions for the World Championships.
- As a location, Salpausselkä is a classic, but also quite challenging in terms of modern competition arrangements. In these championships, we have been successful in finding the best possible solutions for the conditions, says Kiuru.