19 new torch relay route communities; over 150,000 Olympic tickets on
sale June 6
VANCOUVER, May 20 /CNW/ - The board of directors for the Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)
met today in Vancouver for its third meeting of 2009. In addition to standing
agenda items, discussions also covered VANOC's intensive Games-time readiness
planning and ongoing financial management in the current economy. Updates were
also provided on Phase 2 of Olympic ticket sales and on new communities added
to the Olympic Torch Relay route.
"With less than nine months to go, important milestones are now around
every corner and Games-time planning is a key focus for management," said Jack
Poole, chairman of the board. "As with all companies, the economy continues to
be a big focus. Planning for and operating Olympic and Paralympic Games in
this uncertain climate calls for daily scrutiny. VANOC's management team
continues to review costs and revenues with a relentless focus on prudence."
The board also received an update today on Phase 2 of Olympic ticket
sales. Over 150,000 Olympic tickets will go on sale at www.vancouver2010.com
on June 6, including several thousand tickets for each of the Opening and
Closing Ceremonies. The lion's share of sport tickets are for ice hockey and
curling but tickets will be available for all sports. Tickets will be
available on a first-come, first-served basis so the public is encouraged to
set up an account in advance at www.vancouver2010.com if they have not
previously done so. Ticket prices remain unchanged from Phase 1 pricing.
"We were pleased today to confirm to the board that thousands of tickets
will be available to the Canadian public next month and that the Olympic Flame
will pass through more Canadian communities than originally planned. Canadians
will continue to have more opportunities like this to engage in the Games in
the coming months," said VANOC Chief Executive Officer John Furlong.
"We're continuing to try and strike the right balance between fiscal
realities in these difficult times and our overarching commitment to deliver a
great experience for everyone at the Games," he added.
With only 165 days until the start of the Olympic Torch Relay, VANOC
confirmed today the route has been finalized with the addition of 19 more
communities. Three previously announced stops along the route have also been
promoted to hosting Olympic Flame celebrations.
The communities are: Lac La Hache, BC, Pender Harbour, BC, Qualicum
(FN/PN), BC, Qualicum Bay, BC, Xaxli'p, BC, Gleichen, AB, Torrington, AB,
Cochin, SK, Creemore, ON, Iskatewizaagegan No. 39, ON, Kakabeka Falls, ON,
White River, ON, Upsala, ON, Vermilion Bay, ON, Blainville, QC, Masson-Angers,
QC, Saint-Prosper-de-Beauce, QC, Hopedale, NL, and Ausuittuq (Grise Fiord),
NU. The three new celebration communities are: Cold Lake, AB, Canadian Forces
Station Alert, NU, and Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay), NU. For information on
specific dates, visit www.vancouver2010.com/torchrelay.
The board also received the following updates:
- Report of the Finance Committee: A number of contracts were approved
in principle and management was delegated authority to finalize the
details of such contracts. VANOC will post further information at
www.vancouver2010.com once the contracts are finalized.
- Venue Construction: Dr. Penny Ballem provided an update to the
Finance Committee on the positive progress being made on construction
of the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver. VANOC expects to
start its tenant fit-out of commercial spaces in August. At the
Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler, occupancy permits have been
obtained for 60 of the townhomes and final finishing is underway on
three of the four core apartment buildings. The Trout Lake training
venue achieved substantial completion and received its occupancy
permit in April, while the Killarney training centre is also
substantially complete and expected to receive its occupancy permit
within the next two weeks.
- Paralympic Torch Relay: The Paralympic Torch Relay route will be
announced in late June at an event in Vancouver with Sir Philip
Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee. The
announcement will focus on the lighting ceremony location,
torchbearer uniform and torch designs, as well as the unveiling of
the first ever Paralympic Torch Relay logo.
- Litigation Update: An update was provided to the board regarding the
recently completed women's ski jumping trial. A decision by the
presiding judge is expected in the coming months.
- Sport: Along with transferring knowledge between functions and
debriefing senior management on key learnings from sport events, the
ice hockey department is planning for the final sport event: Hockey
Canada Cup - Women's Hockey at Canada Hockey Place from August 31 to
September 6. Tickets are on sale now at www.hockeycanada.ca.
- Venue Management: Walkthroughs are currently being conducted at all
venues to establish consistent and economic planning, validate levels
of service and study challenges.
- Venue Leadership: Good progress has been made by VANOC in appointing
key leadership positions for the pre-Games and Games-time operations
of all venues including sport venues and the Vancouver and Whistler
Villages. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.
- Workforce: More than 21,000 Games-times volunteers have been
interviewed and offers for confirmed Games-time roles have started.
- Sponsorship: VANOC has signed $753.3 million in sponsorship revenue,
achieving 99 per cent of its revenue target.
- Contributing Province/Territory Program: The Northwest Territories
joined the program in April. VANOC is continuing negotiations and
discussions with the remaining provinces and expects to announce them
in the near future.
- Strategic Communications Steering Committee: The board received an
update on the sale of Paralympic tickets, as well as the
communications strategy for Phase 2 of Olympic ticket sales. They
also received an update on the Games-time website concept for
The next VANOC board meeting will be held on July 15, 2009.
VANOC Board of Directors Background
The VANOC board of directors is made up of 20 members nominated by: the
Canadian Olympic Committee (seven); the Government of Canada (three); the
Province of British Columbia (three); the City of Vancouver (two); the Resort
Municipality of Whistler (two); the Canadian Paralympic Committee (one); a
joint appointment by the Band Councils of the Lil'wat and Squamish Nations
(one); and one member nominated by the other 19 members.
The board is scheduled to meet six times per year, and more often at the
call of the chair as required. The meetings are generally held at the VANOC
offices in Vancouver, although they are occasionally hosted by our Games
partners in other locations. The board's responsibility is to oversee the
conduct of the business of VANOC as it works toward achieving its Mission: to
touch the soul of the nation and inspire the world by creating and delivering
an extraordinary Olympic and Paralympic experience with lasting legacies.
As part of its commitment to public transparency and accountability, the
VANOC board of directors has made today's agenda, discussion topics and
decisions available to the public on www.vancouver2010.com, subject to
conditions of confidentiality related to personal information and/or
competitively sensitive or privileged information. VANOC is also committed to
hosting media briefings following each board meeting with the board chairman,
the CEO and other director(s) or members of the VANOC senior management team
to elaborate further on matters.
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contacts: Chris Brumwell, VANOC
Communications, (604) 403-1869, email@example.com; Jennifer
Young, VANOC Communications, (604) 403-3589, firstname.lastname@example.org