The difference between this and other big sports events is that it is not about winning, there is no drawing of starting places at the World Gymnaestrada and allocations for the host country. The strong international interest in tickets proves the high standards of this world gymnastics festival and there are already some bottlenecks.
There is a total of 50'000 tickets available for the National Evenings and both halls have audience capacities of 4'200 and 1'500. The FIG Galas are already over-booked, so the highlight of this gymnastics festival on Friday, 13th July, at 18.00 hours will be shown on a giant monitor in Hall 8. So it's not just public viewing like for big football matches but also for the world's best gymnastics festival in 2007 !
There are still some day tickets available for the Trade Exhibition Centre where there will be a great variety of over 200 group performances from Monday to Friday in the eight halls. For families there will be special promotions in cooperation with "Vorarlberg on the move". Large-group displays will take place on Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon in the Reichshof Stadium in Lustenau with an audience capacity of 10'000. The 350 performances on the eight open-air stages in towns throughout the Rhine Valley are free-of charge.
The number of tickets for the Opening Ceremony on the 8th July in the Birkenwiese Stadium is limited as 22'000 of the 30'000 standing places are already booked for the participants; however it is easier to get tickets for the Closing Ceremony of the world gymnastics federation FIG event on 14th July in the Birkenwiese Stadium where large groups from all five continents, a total of 5'000 will take part and this will include handing over the World Gymnaestrada flag to the next host town Lausanne in Switzerland in 2011.
The Austrian President Dr Heinz Fischer as previously mentioned has taken over the patronage of the 13th World Gymnaestrada (8th to 14th July 2007), the biggest gymnastics festival with participants from all over the world. It was announced in the last few days by the President's office that he will also be attending the opening ceremony on the 8th July 2007 in Dornbirn. The organising committee of the World Gymnaestrada are very pleased with this recognition of "Gymnastics for All" from the highest political level.
The deadline for the accreditation of journalists ends on 31st March for the World Gymnaestrada (8th -14th July 2007) in Dornbirn. Up to that point, provision will be made for the hotel bed contingent in the Dornbirn hotel reserved for the press. For reservations after this date the organising committee cannot guarantee any special hotel requests. The World Gymnaestrada is classified as a world class sports event by FIG and that is why the usual regulations for the accreditation of journalists are being used. The accreditation form in pdf format for download: www.wg2007.com (News and Press, accreditation) or on your request as a word document from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weltgymnaestrada 2007, Messestr. 4a, A-6850 Dornbirn
Tel: +43 5572 305350, Fax: +43 5572 305328, email@example.com
Doris Rinke, Mobile +43(0)664/4024938, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ticketing :www.v-ticket.at or www.wg2007.com
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