The Sylvie Becaert stadium, UNIQUE IN FRANCE
Located only several hundred metres from the heart of the resort, the Sylvie Becaert stadium is ideally situated at an altitude of 1000 metres. In accordance with a strict programme for sustainable development, the new stadium is used for a series of different events throughout the year: Tour de France, paragliding landing spot, etc.
An exclusive ‘A’ licence
To organize Olympic and World class events, it is necessary to obtain an A licence, delivered by the International Biathlon Union (IBU). The stadium in Le Grand-Bornand is the only one in France to possess this particular licence.
Facts & figures
- 1 shooting range
- 30 targets
- 1 penalty ring
- 3500 places in the finish area
- 4000 seats in the stands
- 20 000 spectators expected at the event
- 4 million euros: the cost of the stadium financed up to 50% by Le Grand-Bornand.
An eco-friendly competition
The biathlon stadium perfectly integrates the surrounding natural environment. Situated within the perimeter of a listed building, the stadium was built in collaboration with the National Association of Architects.
The shooting wall, for example, was built from local stone in an attempt to preserve the authentic character of the site.
By successfully combining tourism, alpine farming and the preservation of the environment, Le Grand-Bornand has become a reference in the Alps. Yet another asset to strengthen its position amongst the most beautiful winter sports resorts in France.
A project conform to a programme for sustainable development
- 80% of the facilities will be removed after the competition. Bridges and stands will be dismantled.
- The stands are those previously used in Annecy for the lakeside festival.
- The existing congress hall will host the press and VIPs.
- Part of the logistics team will set up in the neighbouring ice-rink
- The slopes to be used for the races are already existent and designed to preserve the natural agricultural surroundings.
An eco-friendly attitude
- During the competition, a shuttle bus service will run from Thônes, half way between Annecy and Le Grand Bornand.
- The use of vehicles will be limited. Access to the competition ground will only be authorized by shuttle bus or on foot.
- Recycling waste containers will be installed on site and recyclable plates and cups will be used throughout the event.