Two giant arenas, Royal Arena and Jyske Bank Boxen will be undergoing a huge transformation in order to create the framework for an unforgettable World Cup, when the 16 leading ice hockey nations will be fighting for the World Cup trophy and medals. This demands lots of special equipment, know-how and experience.
When the eyes of the world turn toward Denmark in the days from 4th to 20th May, 2018 it is important that everything clicks – both on and off the ice hockey rink. That makes the demands of logistics especially high and that is a responsibility that DB Schenker is very cognizant of.
It is therefore a great honor that IIHF has chosen to expand the partnership with us after a well-done Final 4 in January, so that we will now be delivering the press box and media center in Herning. In addition we will be responsible for a large part of the technical infrastructure in connection with the press box and media center, to which end we have compiled the technical drawings that cover the very large temporary demands that present themselves in connection with a World Cup.
‘This is a fantastic pat-on-the-back for all the hard work we already have accomplished and we will work around the clock to ensure a fantastic World Cup. It is of course our ambition to have everything go off without a hitch, and thereby help brand the World Cup, and Denmark as a sports nation’, tells Thomas Holm, Head of Sports Events at DB Schenker for Denmark, Sweden and Iceland.
Preparations are well along
A specialist team of 20 persons are already now working intensely on the project, even though the large sports event is not until May. One of the largest challenges is technical installations in the grandstands and the distribution of electrical power outlets, LAN-switches, telephones and fiber optic cables in the arenas. Add to that the installation of the press box where the world press must have the right facilities at their disposal for the duration of the event.
‘In order to meet the high international demands, the existing facilities have to be expanded while the world press, TV-commentators and journalists are covering the matches between the big hockey nations on TV as well as other media outlets. The solutions will need to be in a class of their own, and that is precisely what the challenge is and also what makes the job exciting but not impossible because we have such great experience in the field from several of the world’s largest sports events’ says Thomas Holm.
Besides the technical installations, DB Schenker is also handling the more traditional logistical support by coordinating the general transportation needs, transport of machines and team gear, plus storage of equipment.