With only a few days to go before the opening of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, here's a reminder of all the key information you need to know to prepare your trip.
CHANGE OF TIMETABLE FOR SOME COMPETITIONS:
Due to the record number of nations and athletes competing in the 7th edition of the Games, it should be noted that there is a change of timetable for certain competitions.
The main changes to note are as follows:
- Dressage starts at 8:15am instead of 9am from Monday 25 August
- Show jumping starts at 9:10am instead of 10am from Tuesday 2 September
- Cross-country of Eventing starts at 10am instead of 10:30am on Saturday 30 August
Download the complete updated competition programme here SPORTS PROGRAMME
ALLTECH MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Pre-booking of places is imperative on the Games ticketing website if you wish to attend the concerts, even for those with tickets to the competitions, which give you the right to free access (due to a limit of 10,000 persons per night).
For 4 of the 8 concerts - Kool and the Gang 24 August – Casseurs Flowters 30 August – Joyce Jonathan & Louis Bertignac 4 September - Aloe Blacc 5 September - the ticket does not allow direct access to the Alltech Music Festival and must be exchanged for a bracelet prior to 4pm on the day of the concert. For more information, see ALLTECH MUSIC FESTIVAL
In the Games Village:
Ticket offices at the Zénith (concerts on 24 August and 30 August), ticket office at the Parc des Expositions (Exhibition Centre) (concerts on 4 Sepember and 5 September).
Information kiosk at the competition sites in the Ornano Stadium and the Hippodrome (racecourse) (Gate B)
At the Cargö – Adress: 9 cours caffarelli
Alltech Music Festival
TICKETS: 320,000 PLACES SOLD TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC OUT OF 400,000
Some tickets are still available for:
- The Opening ceremony on Saturday 23 August at 8pm at the d’Ornano Stadium
- Dressage and Showjumping at the d’Ornano Stadium
- Vaulting at the Zénith
- Driving cross-country and the Para-dressage at the Hippodrome (racetrack)
- Polo in Deauville
The following are fully booked:
- Horse Ball
- Dressage and Obstacle Driving
NB: there will be no ticket sales at the sites.
There is an online exchange here ONLINE EXCHANGE
** Reminder of the rates: average ticket price €25, -50% for the under 12s and -20% for those with Cart@too or Spot 50 and students from the Caen Basse-Normandie University.
THE GAMES VILLAGE:
Entry to the Village is free with a competition ticket otherwise it costs €5 – free for children under 12 years of age.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY TICKETS?
- On the ticketing website: http://ticket.normandy2014.com
- In Norman tourist offices
- In the usual retail outlets (Fnac, Carrefour, etc.)
- Village des Jeux
For more information see GAMES VILLAGE
TICKETS AND TRANSPORTATION FOR DISABLED PERSONS:
- Each competition site boasts appropriate parking spaces.
- The spaces for those with reduced mobility are still for sale across all the disciplines.
- You must contact the ticketing platform directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAFFIC AROUND THE COMPETITION VENUES:
The public authorities have all rallied together to optimise conditions for getting to and from the sites for spectators, those with accreditation as well as locals during the Games period. A certain number of measures have been implemented to relieve the traffic around the competition sites and suggest alternatives for road users. Spectators and road users are invited to carefully follow the instructions and stick to the traffic schemes organised by the public authorities.
GENERAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
Please download the Transport guide for spectators and the spectator guide so as to obtain all the plans and practical information (Scroll down).
IN CAEN (ALL THE DISCIPLINES, THE GAMES VILLAGE):
The general public is invited to use the 2 free relay car parks each boasting 1,500 spaces and created for the occasion: Beaulieu car park and Presqu’île car park. Parking is free and the car parks are accessible from 0800 to 2300 hours.
From these relay car parks, there are free shuttle services, “L'Arc Equestre” will transport spectators as far as and between the competition sites, between 0800 and 2300 hours with an average frequency of 15 minutes, with reinforcements scheduled. These shuttles will serve the SNCF-Rives from Orne railway station and the town centre via the Hippodrome (Racecourse) stop.
There is also a pedestrian walkway from these car parks to the competition sites, so as to enable visitors to (re)discover the town on their way to the Games.
AT LE PIN NATIONAL STUD (EVENTING):
60 hectares of free parking (20,000 spaces) is reserved for spectators. A special traffic scheme has been arranged with the public authorities. Visitors must respect the instructions and the enforced direction of the traffic to access the site.
For spectators of the Cross-Country event on Saturday 30 August, some TERs (local trains) have been put in place by the Lower Normandy Region between Caen and Argentan, with a free bus service offered by the Orne departmental council between the railway stations and the competition site. Please note that reservations are compulsory on: www.orne.fr/reservations
TER (local train) price: €12/pers return (€6 return for children). The booking of these train tickets is done exclusively via the online SNCF shop and those who have a ticket for the cross-country event will benefit from a 50% reduction on these TER (local trains): www.ter.sncf.com/basse-normandie
For those living in the Orne department, the departmental council is putting in place a free shuttle service enabling access to the Stud on 30 August from some 21 towns during the cross-country event. Compulsory booking at http://www.orne.fr/reservations
IN SARTILLY (ENDURANCE):
3,000 places are reserved for the general public in Sartilly, split between various free car parks. The Manche departmental council is implementing a special traffic scheme indicated using road signs. Spectators are invited to respect the instructions given.
Mobilised Transport Organisations:
SNCF and TER Région (local trains) Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy local train):
Bus Verts coaches:
For more information about transportation, please click here TRANSPORTATION