The Paralympic Games in 2018 have had a change to one of their event venues as the PyeongChang Organising Committee (POCOG) announced a new venue change on Wednesday. The Alpine Skiing and Snowboard events will take place at Jeongseon Alpine Center, which will see the test events also take place at the venue.
By moving the events to one venue, it will allow spectators to see more events for the same price, and allow for a stronger crowd atmosphere for the supporters. It will also allow for easier access to the facilities and a safer slope width for the alpine skiers.
Originally Downhill, Alpine Super G and Super Combined were the only events taking place at the venue with Giant Slalom, Slalom and Snowboard taking place at Yongpyong Alpine Center. That would have had a narrower track for the slalom events and required converting the snowboard track, now those things will not be required.
Discussions on the move originally took place in March at the IPC Alpine Skiing Asian Cup event at Yongpyong. That led to a feasibility study, which included planning and logistics and plans for test events throughout the coming years.
The first Test Event at Jeongseon was before the meetings, with a test event for the original events scheduled at the venue was there. After successful work the decision was made to move the events, which will now lead to the IPC Snowboard and Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals being held there concurrently in mid-March.
Another benefit of the venue change will be cost savings for POCOG who have been able to slash staffing numbers for the sports in half. It will also significantly reduce the construction costs with only one venue to set up for the Paralympic Games.