Germany's unmatched passion for winter sports and the snowballing public support for Munich's bid for the 2018 Winter Games will come together on Saturday 11 June when the city's iconic Allianz Arena hosts "Stars, the Winter Games and You!", a huge celebration -eight hours of family entertainment- of winter sports with an estimated 25,000 winter sports fans, 40 world-famous sports ambassadors, more than 800 young athletes, seven international performance artists. The Festival will be broadcast live nationwide.
The Munich 2018 Bid Committee and its partner Allianz SE are inviting fans from across the nation to support the event, where Munich's credentials for hosting international mega-events with a uniquely Bavarian flavour will take centre stage. Sporting heroes past and present will lead the festivities, alongside world-famous musicians and performers. Inclusivity is the watchword this weekend, with tickets starting at just €5 and the event being broadcast live on national television. 25,000 people are expected to attend and the carnival atmosphere will offer a small taste of the unforgettable Festival of Friendship that will greet the entire Olympic family in 2018 should the Winter Games be awarded to Munich.
"It's really great that people from across the nation will join us in Munich this weekend to back the bid - it shows just how much the public is behind us. We also get to show the world that Munich is the place to be for winter sports, even in the height of summer!. Passionate engagement from the fans is something the international sporting community can expect when visiting Munich and this event will be no exception (...) At the ‘Stars, the Winter Games, and You!' celebration, each Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games discipline will be represented by huge balloon icons as, for one day only, football gives up the limelight at the Allianz Arena. The event will help spread the Olympic spirit to all ages, with young families invited to try their hands at the winter sports in the stadium", said CEO of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, Bernhard Schwank.
Munich 2018 sports ambassadors Georg Hackl, three-time Olympic champion in luge, and Markus Wasmeier, two-time Olympic champion in alpine skiing, will also take to the stage in support of the bid and showcase their skills for the public. Speaking ahead of the much-anticipated event, Markus Wasmeier said: "This really will be a great day. We Bavarians will show what we can do. People will experience the Allianz Arena from two very different perspectives at once - a winter sports celebration in the middle of summer".
Munich, together with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Sliding Centre at Lake Königssee, is applying to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Munich is bidding with Annecy and PyeongChang, for the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The election of the host city will take place on 6th July during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.