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BWCH key facts
Quick fact box about BWCH 2015:
Budget is 6 million euro.
Official Song & Event Mascot
The official song is Kontiolahti Go Go. Mascots are bears Nalle & Nelly.
38 nations, 738 team members. 356 competitions: 192 male & 164 female athletes. 383 other team staff (coaches, service). One medallist from previous BWCH 1999 at Kontiolahti: legend Ole Einar Björndalen.
Currently 40 000 tickets sold, from which 2000 are VIP-tickets. On Saturday 7th A-Stand is fully booked and B-Stand nearly sold out. A-Stand is sold out also on Sunday 8th. One fourth of tickets purchased from lippupalvelu.fi have been sold to Russia.
There are 172 accreditated journalists/photographers. Accreditated media comes from 14 different nations. Accreditated journalists/photographers come from 14 nations: In addition there are 300 persons from tv stations. Host broadcaster is Yle, who has a staff of 120 persons. Yle will have direct broadcasting for 18 hours in Finland. Altogether there will be 300 hours of BWCH in televisions around the world, and 500 million spectators. Yle will have 38 cameras for international feed. In addition ARD, NRK and SVT will have their own broadcasting. There are commentators from 22 tv- & radio companies.
The courses are in good condition. There is 26 000 m3 artificial snow. The depth of snow on the course is 60-70 cm.
Event manager is mr Esa Haapala, chief of competition is Ville Haapala.
There are 1609 volunteers. There were 486 international applicants, from which 70 were chosen. There are 938 volunteer duties at competition days. In total volunteers will put in 100 000 hours for making the event possible. Cooperation with local students is extremely valuanle, from PKKY school there are more than 400 students and teachers.
BWCH requires some temporary construction: 170 containers, 1500m2 VIP tent and 350m2 volunteers tent are some figures. There are all together 25000 places for spectators altogether at the stadium. There are 4 video screens (2 at the stadium, 2 around track stands).