It took 8 years and three attempts to Korea before obtaining the privilege of hosting the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Since July 2011, the country has been preparing its venues and means of transportation in order to receive the event. In total, these Games will be held in 12 competition venues. Six of them are new installations built specifically for the 2018 Games.
Here is a preview of the venues where our Canadian athletes will make their mark during this XXIII edition of the Olympic Winter Games.
The Olympic Stadium
The stadium where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will take place is located in the province of Gangwon. At first, the organizing committee was planning on using existing facilities for the ceremonies but they finally chose to build a temporary building for logistical reasons. The Olympic stadium will be demolished after the Games are over. With its 7 levels above-ground and 1 below ground, the open-air installation has a capacity of 35,000 people.
Gangneung Ice Arena
The Gangneung Ice Arena, which will host the figure skating and short track speed skating events, was under construction from June 2014 to December 2016. Two international 60 m by 30 ice rinks were built, one for training and the other for competing. A total of 12,000 spectators can attend the events in the Gangneung Ice Arena.
Gangneung Hockey Centre
As the main competition site for the hockey games, this centre is where the Men’s and Women’s finals and semi-finals will be played. The Gangneung Hockey Centre has 10,000 places.
Kwandong Hockey Centre
The Kwandong Hockey Centre will serve as a secondary hockey venue where the preliminary round games and a few playoff games will take place. Located just outside of the Olympic Park, the centre holds 6000 seats.
The Gangneung Oval was built between October 2014 and March 2015 specifically for the speed skating events. The venue includes a double track 400 m oval and 8,000 seats.
Gangneung Curling Centre
The Men’s, Women’s and Mixed curling tournaments will take place at the Gangneung Curling Centre, built in 1998 and renovated in 2016. Along with its four playing areas, the Curling Centre has 3,500 seats.
Alpensia Olympic Park
The Alpensia Olympic Park, which includes the Yongpyong Alpine Centre, the Alpensia Biathlon Centre, the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre, the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, the Olympic Sliding Centre – the first ever of its kind in Korea – is where most of the snow and sliding sports competitions will be held.
Jeongseon Alpine Centre
40 km away from the heart of the Alpensia alpine area, the Jeongseon Alpine Centre will host the speed events – downhill, super-G, alpine combined – for men’s and women’s alpine skiing. The construction of the alpine centre started in March 2014 and was concluded in December 2017. In total, 6,500 spectators can attend the events.
Phoenix Snow Park
The Phoenix Snow Park was built in 1995 and underwent a few modifications from March 2015 to December 2017 in order to receive the freestyle skiing and snowboarding olympic events. The Park is 40 km away from Alpensia. During the Games, 18,000 people will be able to attend the events at the Phoenix Snow Park.
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