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Hamburg as German Candidate City: the Concept of 2024 Olympics

At Hamburg's cruise centre Altona, the city's concept as host of 2024's Olympic and Paralympic Games were presented to the general public

Some 1,000 locals attended a presentation of Hamburg’s concept as host of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, hosted by the city administration, the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the Bid Committee Hamburg 2024. What will the Olympic and Paralympic Games be like in Hamburg? This question was answered by Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz, DOSB President Alfons Hörmann, Hamburg’s Minister of Sports. Michael Neumann, and Prof. Jörn Walter, the city’s chief planner, at the Cruise Center Altona.

Prior to the event, Olaf Scholz had been presenting the budget for the 2024 games. According to Scholz, cost of the Olympic and Paralympic Games hopefully to be held in Hamburg in 2024 will amount to a total of 11.2 billion euro.

Model Displays Connections to Surrounding Neighbourhoods

Developed for months by Hamburg’s Ministry of Urban Development together architects, planning offices and experienced builders, the concept for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 also reflects vision, wishes, and demands by Hamburg’s population. The local population had been invited to participate in the open planning workshops and four round-table talks with experts and planners. The results of their ideas were also presented on Friday.

In addition to panels with excerpts from the master planning, the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing displayed for the first time a model of the Olympic City, 2×2 metres in size. It shows the integration of the new district into the city and interconnections with other areas of Hamburg. Also on display was a miniature stadium build by the Braun brothers fron Miniatur Wunderland, featuring 75,000 seats.

Huge Challenge and Chance

“Hamburg for Germany – this is the claim of the event showcasing our plans for a great festival of sports. Hamburg is representing Germany, and stands next to major cities in the world. The is a huge challenge. We are regarded as trustworthy to host the games successfully. That’s a big job and great opportunity”, ,said Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz.

“Hamburg is ready to host in 2024 sustainable games with short distances and feel good factor, and will thus implement the IOC Reform Agenda 2020. The compact and transparent approach puts a new “summer dream” within reach. Representing the whole of Germany, the city and its citizens send out a welcoming symbol of friendship to Olympic and Paralympic athletes and sports enthusiasts from all over the world”, emphasised Alfons Hörmann, president of the DOSB.

28 Days Full of Emotions

Michael Neumann, Hamburg’s Minister of the Interior, and the city state’s chief planner Prof. Jörn Walter illustrated by their presentations how life in Hamburg could take place during and after the games. “We look forward to host world-class sports in a joyful, peaceful atmosphere in nine years in a location, where the world heritage site Speicherstadt meets Hamburg’s new waterfront neighbourhood Hafencity” commented Walter on the design of the Olympic City, whereas Neumann raved about the city as a large sports stadium. “69 world championships in a row at the same place – together, the Olympic and Paralympic Games will mean 28 days full of emotions. And a huge sports festival with people from around 200 countries.” On 29 November 2015, the citizens of the Hanseatic City are invited to cast their vote in a referendum on the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games.
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