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Arup supports Milan Cortina’s successful 2026 Winter Olympics bid

Floriana Palomba Floriana Palomba Senior Marketing Officer,Milan
28 June 2019

Arup’s advisory team in Milan have been working with our Host Cities team to provide capital and operational expenditure analysis to support Milan Cortina’s successful bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.

Milan’s 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be hosted in 14 different venues across four locations, including Milan, Cortina, Predazzo/Tesero and Bormio/Livigno, with athletes staying in three Olympic villages.

Our team of specialists provided budget estimates for all the temporary and permanent venues, as well as guidance regarding the optimisation of competition venues.

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Working shoulder to shoulder with the Italian Olympic committee, the various winter sport federations as well as local and regional government, Arup undertook a review of the venues proposed for the Games with the aim of identifying possible optimisation of the area, cost containment opportunities and to ensure compliance with the IOC’s regulations and New Norms. This was followed up with a detailed assessment of the capital and operational expenditure required to build new facilities, upgrade the existing ones, operate them throughout the Games as well as assessing legacy issues.

Sustainability and legacy are two of the key drivers behind Milan’s candidacy. The Games which will seek to inspire more children to embrace sports and the outdoor, are expected to generate around €4bn of direct and indirect economic benefits over the course of the four weeks of competition.

Arup has been actively involved in helping Host Cities achieve long-term value, including shaping sustainable legacy programmes for the 2019 Lima Pan American Games.

Arup is the global hub for city specialists, offering advisory services to help clients shape Host City strategies, transactions, programmes and operations.

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