An important legacy of the global Olympic movement is that, in the cities that have hosted the Olympics, many world-class event venues and sports facilities have been left behind. Some are struggling, but a number of them have made the transition and are available for athletic, special and corporate events. To spark your imagination, let's take a look at some of the best event venues to host Olympic-inspired events.
The official site for alpine skiing and snowboarding events during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb offers a number of event venues and a range of accommodation.
Corporate Groups can select from five star hotels, lodges, condos, townhouses, and bed and breakfast. there is something to fit just about every budget.
Two mountain top event venues and three in the valley accommodate groups from 50 to 1,600. In the winter groups can participate in skiing, snowboarding and tubing.
In the summer, activities include mountain biking, glacier skiing and snowboarding, eco-tours, and twilight barbecues. The Blackcomb Adventure Zone offers a Sky Bungee Trampoline, trail rides on horseback, the gravity-free Spin Cycle Human Gyroscope, and a luge track.
Montreal Olympic Park/Parc olympique
This multi-purpose facility was created for the 1976 Summer Olympics. The park has meeting rooms of various sizes that can accommodate between 10 and 500 people. The main stadium that can house up to 67,000 spectators. The Olympic Tower offers full audio-visual support and state-of-the-art facilities for exhibitions, product launches, trade shows, and conferences.
The Sports Centre offers world class facilities including seven competition sized pools, North America's only 15-meter, deep-diving tank, fully equipped gym, and an ultra-modern, fully equipped gym. (The 500-acre Olympic Equestrian Park in Bromont, which was used for equestrian competitions during the 1976 Olympics, is also available for events. This first-class facility is being upgraded.)
Helsinki Olympic Stadium/Olympia Stadion
The legacy of the 1952 Olympics lives on. For business meetings and events, the stadium has a multi-purpose room with a capacity of 300 for receptions, a conference room for 30 - 50 people, and three other meetings rooms. Most have floor-to-ceiling windows for exceptional views. For activities, there is a an indoor track, as well as boxing, judo and ballet halls. Attractions include the Sports Museum of Finland. User of these facilities also have access to the sauna.
Sydney Olympic Park
On the grounds where the Sydney Olympics were held in 2000, there are 100 function spaces and plenty of Sydney meeting planning options. The Sydney Showground has 20 unique venues that are available for banquets, conferences, exhibitions and trade shows. The complex has a number of hotels.
The capacities of the outdoor event venues and pavilions ranges from 20 to 9,000. The aquatic, tennis, hockey and Sports Centre are available for private and corporate events.
Even if your chosen destination has never hosted the Olympics, around the world, there are hotels, resorts and universities with Olympic-sized swimming pools and athletic facilities.
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