FIS Alpine World Ski Cup 2011 - final sprint
The centre-piece of this year’s world ski championships is the world-famous Kandahar slope in the ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This is where the disciplines of downhill, Super-G, super combination and the Nations’ Team Event are held. A little further on, in the Gudiberg arena, the slalom and super combination competitions take place. Spectator grandstands have been constructed especially for this sporting event, to create the right atmosphere as the competitors cross the finishing line.
eps gmbh, a supplier of infrastructure services, and StageCo Deutschland GmbH co-operated in planning and then constructing all the grandstands. In this joint venture, these two service providers combined eps‘ expertise in the field of planning and the construction of grandstands with that of StageCo as a specialist in the supply of platforms and special constructions.
The construction work commissioned by FIS Alpine Ski-WM Veranstaltungs GmbH already started in early December. eps laid the first base elements of the spectator grandstands at the foot of the Kandahar slope. At the same time, StageCo started with the construction of the complicated podiums at the Gudiberg course, where an additional support structure was required to cope with the steep incline there.
In the weeks to follow, the local teams found it a hard job to tackle their construction work under the fluctuating weather conditions. These varied between frequent temperatures of -10°C and snow storms to thaws and rain, turning frozen pasture into slush and mud and back again.
Despite the snow and ice, by the end of January two complete grandstands in the form of arenas were standing ready to provide the top athletes with the reception they deserved at the finishing line, with a good 6,500 seats and standing room for 4,500 spectators and VIPs, and various TV platforms and other special structures.
In addition, eps supplied just under 6,000 m² of Box and Arena Panels, heavy duty ground systems used as foundations for the grandstands and tents, to widen tracks or to create transport and pedestrian routes. In addition, 2,700 m² of Hexagon, another ground protection system, were laid to reinforce the periphery of the Kandahar course and in the centre of the spa gardens in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, also known as the Medal Plaza.
For the opening ceremony of this winter sports event, StageCo was also commissioned to build stages, special structures and a unique lift for particular show turns.
Please find further information on www.eps.ag.
With offices in Germany, Australia, Poland, Denmark and North America eps is one of the world’s leading providers of event infrastructure such as grandstands, stages, ground or turf protection systems, roads for heavy goods vehicles, security gates, furniture, and mobile sanitary installations.
eps also handles project and CAD planning for major events as well as the invitations to tender and coordination of all trades involved.
Please find further information on www.eps.ag.
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