After negotiations between Siegfried Schneider, head of the Bavarian State Chancellery, and the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, it was announced Saturday that a deal has been made to obtain the land needed to host the Munich 2018 Winter Olympic Games if selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The plan will accommodate all lingering environmental concerns raised by various groups, with the the Stieranger green belt – known as the ‘Green Lung’ of Garmisch-Partenkirchen – remaining untouched.
In addition, Snow and Media Villages have been relocated in the plan to the delight of Bavarian farmers who had opposed construction on their agricultural lands.
The new proposals call for the Snow Village to be built on the current site of railway buildings and Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s existing Olympic Ice Stadium. The Snow Village structure would be temporary and would not exceed three stories.
The Media Village will no longer rely on farm lands surrounding Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but will be accommodated via various venues, with the Federal Armed Forces barracks serving as one possible option.
The successful negotiations of such a deal is widely seen as a crucial step towards earning the bid. Munich 2018 had seen a barrage of recent issues including the opposition from Garmisch-Partenkirchen area farmers, financial setbacks, and the resignation of CEO Willy Bogner for health reasons.
The Garmisch-Partenkirchen venues are seen as vital towards a successful bid, as the area contains some of the best Alpine ski venues in Europe. Garmisch-Partenkirchen will host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in February, shortly before the IOC is set to make their final decision next July between the three cities vying for the hosting rights. Competing with Munich are the cities of Annecy, France and PyeongChang, South Korea.