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Tentative Park Layout Released for FEI Games

LEXINGTON, KY— The World Games 2010 Foundation and the Kentucky Horse Park today released the first renderings of the Kentucky Horse Park venue plans for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, as well as the artistic renderings of a permanent indoor arena and outdoor stadium.

"While these venue plans may experience some changes between now and 2010, these tentative layouts already illustrate the magnitude and scale of this event, as well as the breadth and scope of our planning," said Rob Hinkle, Vice President of Operations for the World Games 2010 Foundation.

The Kentucky Horse Park venue layout for 2010 illustrates the areas of competition, temporary structures, and various spectator attractions available on site.   Hundreds of temporary structures and activities will be placed on the park in 2010, including approximately 400 trade show booths, an International Pavilion, an Equine Pavilion, and the Kentucky Experience, a 25,000-square-foot exhibition highlighting the state’s culture, economy, and tourism. 

The artistic renderings of a 6,000-seat, climate-controlled arena showcase a competition facility that includes a competition surface of 45,000 square-feet, and 300 new event stalls.

The world-class venue will be utilized before and long after the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, allowing the Kentucky Horse Park to host championship-level events year-round.   Five new events are already scheduled for the new arena from 2009-2013, including National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championships and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Championships. 

"This is unquestionably an unprecedented period of growth for the Kentucky Horse Park," said Park Executive Director John Nicholson. "These permanent facilities have been long-desired and much-needed, and their completion in time for the largest equestrian event to ever be held in the United States will help ensure a legacy for the Kentucky Horse Park long after 2010."

The artistic renderings of the outdoor stadium showcase the permanent stadium design, as well as the temporary additions to be added by the World Games 2010 Foundation for the 2010 Games. The permanent structure will feature 8,000-10,000 permanent stadium seats, while the Foundation will add 20,000-22,000 temporary seats in 2010.  More than 91,000 square-feet of competition space will comprise the stadium ring.

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park September 25-October 10, 2010, are the world championships of the eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), and are held every four years.  The Games have never before been held outside of Europe; nor have all eight disciplines ever previously been held together at a single site— both firsts that will be achieved at the Kentucky Horse Park. The 2010 Games are expected to have a statewide economic impact of $150 million, and current sponsors include the Rolex Company and an unprecedented $10 million title sponsor, Alltech. It is anticipated that more than 600,000 spectators will attend the 16-day competition.

To see renderings of some of the venues, click here .

To see a detailed map of the grounds, click here.

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