2013 WPFG Ltd have just announced that the venue for the Opening Ceremony for the World Police and Fire Games on 1st August 2013 will be the King’s Hall. The decision was taken following comprehensive research of a number of options and examination of suitability in terms of access, facilities, capacity and costs. Approval for the King’s Hall was given this evening (20th February) by the 2013 WPFG Board, DCAL and the World Police and Fire Games Federation.
John Tully, Chief Executive, 2013 WPFG Ltd explains, “The Opening Ceremony is the key official event during the Games, providing an opportunity to officially welcome athletes and their families to the host City. It is one of the many requirements of the World Police and Fire Games Federation that this ceremony is held to mark the beginning of ten days of competition and camaraderie. Whilst Belfast City Council have been working very hard on the content of the ceremony, it was equally important that the location would provide the right environment and opportunity to set the tone for the international multi-sport event and contribute to our goal of delivering the friendliest Games ever. We are confident that the King’s Hall will provide the perfect location to stage the athletes parade and begin a ten day showcase of all that is best about Northern Ireland. We can now look forward to finalising the finer details of the Ceremony.”
Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “The opening ceremony is a key part of the Games – we are expecting thousands of athletes at an event which will be a curtain raiser for 10 days of sporting action. In recent times we have shown how the north is capable of hosting major occasions. From the MTV Music Awards, Titanic Centenary, Irish Open Golf through to the ongoing City of Culture Celebrations. I am confident that we will add the World Police and Fire Games to the list of memorable events. It is once again an opportunity to show the world what we have to offer.”
The World Police and Fire Games is a biennial event commonly referred to as the ‘Olympics’ for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers. From 1st-10th August 2013 an anticipated 10,000 athletes from up to 70 countries across the world will compete in 57 sports. An additional 15,000 friends and family are expected to travel with the athletes and will be supporting them as they compete in 42 selected venues across Northern Ireland.
Find out more about the Games at www.2013wpfg.com