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BID CITY PROFILE AND FACT SHEET
Bid: 2010 Winter Olympic Games
Population: 514,008 (1996)
Location: Western Canadian Province of British Columbia, on the Pacific coast
Olympic History: Canada hosted Summer Games in Montreal, 1976 and the Winter Games in Calgary, 1988. This is Vancouver's first bid.
In 1960 the idea surfaced of hosting an Olympic Winter Games in the Garibaldi (now Whistler) region. In 1970 Garibaldi/Vancouver was Canada’s bid for the 1976 Olympic Winter Games. In 1974 Whistler was again considered as a candidate for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. In 1998 the COA selected Vancouver-Whistler over Calgary and Quebec City to be Canada’s candidate for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games. In 1999 the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Bid Corporation was formed. Vancouver’s bid budget is $34 million, organizers say the Games (including the Paralympic Games) would draw 6,000 athletes and officials, 10,000 media representatives and 35,000 overnight visitors to Vancouver and Whistler. The Bid Corporation is supported by more than 70 companies, corporations and organizations.
Vancouver Bid Book Presentation
Bid Status: Was selected to the candidate short-list on August 28, 2002. The bid has delivered its final bid book and conducted the IOC evaluation team visit.
A plebiscite was held Feb. 22, 2003 that revealed a 64% support level of Vancouver's bid locally.
Contact Info: Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation, 375 Water Street - Suite 500, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. V6B 5C6 Phone: 604.408.2010 Toll free: 1.877.408.2010 Fax: 604.683.2010 Email: email@example.com
2010 Olympic Winter Games will take place during the two-week period from
Friday, February 5 to Sunday, February 21,
2010 if Vancouver is chosen to host the
The 2010 Winter Paralympic Games will commence two weeks following the closing
ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and run from Friday, March 5 to
Sunday, March 14, 2010.
2010 has undertaken an extensive process to select competition venues for the
2010 Winter Games. For each of the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines, Work
Groups were established to evaluate the proposed sites.These work groups are comprised of technical representatives from
National Sport Federations and Provincial Sport Organizations. These groups
consulted with the International Federations and experts from previous Olympic
and Paralympic Games to identify potential venue locations and comment on venue
design.National Team athletes are
also being consulted with on the proposed venues, design and operational plans.
in the Vancouver area include:
§BC Place Stadium for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and
nightly cultural festival
§General Motors Place for Ice Hockey
§Pacific Coliseum and the Agrodome for Figure Skating and
Short Track Speed Skating
§CypressMountain for Freestyle Skiing
§Trade and Exhibition Centre in Vancouver (proposed expansion)
for the Main Press Centre
§Oval at SimonFraserUniversity for Speed Skating
§Arena at the University of British Columbia for Ice Hockey
§Arena at Hillcrest/Nat Bailey Stadium Park in Vancouver for Curling
Venues in the Whistler area include:
§WhistlerMountain for Alpine Skiing
§BlackcombMountain for Alpine Skiing
§Nordic Centre for Biathlon, Ski Jumping, Cross Country Skiing
and Nordic Combined
§Sliding Track for Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton
§Arena in Whistler for Paralympic Sledge Ice Hockey
2010 is proposing two full-service Athletes’ Villages to provide athletes with
secure and comfortable accommodation close to Games venues. OverallVillage capacity of 4,500 bed
spaces is planned in order to ensure that athletes staying in one Village will
have an opportunity to visit the other Village.Each Athletes’ Village will offer:
to Olympic venues as well as cultural and entertainment facilities.
and a barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities.
latest technology permitting instant access to results, and facilitating
exchanges over the Internet and other modes of communication.
design, construction and management system using environmentally progressive
techniques to conserve energy, water and other resources, reduce wastes,
avoid the use of toxic materials and recycle as many materials as possible.
for a maximum of two persons per room as well as appropriate office, storage
and treatment space for Team support staff.
support services, a polyclinic, as well as entertainment, recreation and
The Vancouver Athletes’ Village is proposed for the South East corner of False
Creek on land presently owned by the City of
Vancouver. After the Games, Vancouver’s Athletes’
Village will be converted to affordable and market housing as well as parkland
and community facilities.The
Whistler Athletes’ Village is proposed for an area in the CallaghanValley, and following the
Games, the facilities would be used for affordable housing as well as an athlete
has a strong tourism industry resulting in a generous inventory of hotels that
will be able to accommodate all accredited persons and out-of-town visitors
during the Winter Games.
the communities of Vancouver and Whistler, there
is an inventory of almost 30,000 rooms, more than 20,000 of which are within 20
minutes of the city centres.
Vancouver area currently has more than 23,000 hotel rooms, and
approximately 2,200 additional rooms are expected by 2010.The majority of these rooms are located within a radius of 10 km of
downtown Vancouver and are within
walking distance of many of the venues.
In the Whistler area, there are more than 5,800
hotel rooms and approximately 1,600 additional rooms are expected by 2010.Almost all of these rooms are within 10 km of Whistler and many are
within walking distance of the Alpine venues.
unique and efficient multi-modal system will ensure accessible and effective
transportation links for the Olympic Family, athletes, officials, sponsors,
media, volunteers and spectators. The transportation requirements will be met
through an imaginative combination of road, rail, marine and air.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will serve as the gateway to the 2010
Olympic Winter Games and Winter Paralympic Games. YVR
is rated number one in North America and
number four worldwide for passenger satisfaction on the I.A.T.A. annual survey
(15 to 25 million passenger category). It has been designed to be one of the
most accessible airports in the world to ensure the safety, comfort and dignity
of passengers with disabilities. A Games transportation system consisting of shuttle buses,
vans and cars will transport the Olympic Family, media and sponsors to their
accommodation in Vancouver or in Whistler.Spectators will travel from the airport to their accommodation by public
transportation, taxis, shuttle buses or private automobiles.
Vancouver venues are located within 30 minutes travel time from
the Athletes’ Village and downtown hotels and some within walking distance.A combination of vans, buses and motor pool cars will be used to
transport athletes and Olympic Family members to and from competition venues and
ceremonies.Media Shuttles will be
used to transport media from designated hotels to the Main Press Centre and
International Broadcast Centre and competition and ceremony venues. An extensive
network of bus, light rail, commuter rail and ferries will transport spectators
and volunteers to venues, ceremonies and other events.
similar transportation network will be available for athletes, Olympic Family,
media and spectators residing in Whistler.
to Sky Corridor Transportation:
Government of British Columbia has confirmed its commitment to undertake a
significant improvement program on the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Vancouver and
Whistler to be completed before 2010. These improvements will increase capacity,
road safety, and reliability and will accommodate the Olympic travel demand and
meet the long term needs of communities in the region. The improved highway, in
combination with rail and marine services, will meet the requirements of all
Motor coaches will travel between Vancouver park-and-ride lots
and Whistler venues in order to transport spectators and volunteers.
Passenger-only ferries will also be used to transport spectators and volunteers
from Vancouver to Squamish.
Passengers would then transfer to bus or an existing rail link in Squamish for
the remainder of the trip to Whistler.
Vancouver is one of nine
metropolitan areas from around the world selected to participate in the
International Sustainable Urban Systems design competition to show how Vancouver can achieve
sustainability by 2100. The Livable Region Strategic Plan is Vancouver's regional growth
strategy. Since its adoption in 1996, the plan has provided the framework for
making regional land use and transportation decisions to help maintain regional
quality of life and protect the environment in the face of anticipated growth.
“Moving towards environmental sustainability” is a stated priority supported
by a strategic plan, overall limits to growth, advanced wastewater treatment and
environmental review for major developments.An exciting community partnership of leading
organizations adopted The Natural Step Framework for sustainability.The initiative, known as “Whistler.It’s Our Nature”, is administered by the Whistler Centre for
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will provide the lead in forming an
Integrated Police Planning Group with other agencies.This single body will have the responsibility for coordination of
security during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Winter Paralympic Games.A Central
Command Centre, headed by the RCMP, will coordinate all security
operations.Agencies operating under
the unified command system (British Columbia Emergency Management System)
include the RCMP, Vancouver Police Department, the Canadian Security
Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canadian Forces and other local public safety
Vancouver and Canada have an extensive and
successful record of hosting international sports events.From the 2001 World Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver to the 2001 World
Freestyle Championships at Whistler, we have accumulated exceptional,
international, hosting experience.
in hosting events is due in part to world-class facilities, efficient
infrastructure and technical expertise. However, it also requires event planning
experience, enthusiastic volunteers, vision and dedication.Canadians are fortunate to embrace these qualities as part of our
culture.We are very proud of our
country and our individual communities and seek the opportunity to welcome
visitors to enjoy our heritage, history and hospitality.We exhibit that same sense of dedication with detailed planning and
execution of events, ensuring that our guests take home wonderful memories of
their time spent with us.
the proposed Winter Games period, the weather at the outdoor competition venues
has a strong record of excellent conditions to allow
for peak performances by athletes and comfort and safety for spectators.
has a long-standing and successful history of hosting Alpine, Freestyle and
Snowboarding events. During the last 20 years, Whistler has successfully staged
all its scheduled Alpine events during the proposed Olympic period and only one
weekend Alpine event was cancelled during the proposed Paralympic period.