Munich 2018 And Garmisch-Partenkirchen Land Agreement

Following discussions between Siegfried Schneider, head of the Bavarian State Chancellery, and representatives from the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, it was announced Saturday that a plan has been agreed on to secure the land required to stage the Munich 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Under the plan environmentalists concerns about the Stieranger green belt of Garmish-Partenkirchen were allayed, with the confirmation that the land will remain completely untouched, said a Munich 2018 press release. Also the land around Golf Course will be preserved, as all interested parties continue to work to develop “the most environmentally friendly Games concept possible”.

There are also new proposals for the locations of the Media and Snow Villages that have been ratified.

Bernhard Schwank, the bid’s managing director, said he was confident that today’s agreement signals a key breakthrough in the bid concept’s development.

He said, “the Munich 2018 bid committee is delighted by the outcome of the Bavarian government’s talks with the representatives from Garmish-Paratenkirchen. We feel the results are a huge step in the right direction for putting together a winning bid for Munich. We are delighted at the progress that has been made on enhancing and clarifying some of the core issues in the concept of the bid, especially those surrounding the proposed venues for the Media and Snow Villages”.

The proposed location for the Snow Village, agreed upon by all parties at the discussion, is on the current site of railway buildings and Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s Olympic Ice Stadium, built originally for the 1936 Games. The building will be temporary, with no more than three floors, and the Ice Sports Centre and Alpspitzbad will remain integral components.

The Media Village will no longer require the use of agricultural areas in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Media will be accommodated in a number of separate locations.