Sport Infrastructure and Institutions
With its high level of expertise, excellent infrastructure for (almost) all sports and its inhabitants’ enthusiasm for sport, Bern has long established itself as a city for sports. From soccer and ice hockey to track and field – many of the regional teams and athletes are the best at what they do and are regularly rewarded for it, as was the case in the year 2019, when the title “Swiss Champion” went to not one, but two Bernese teams: the soccer team BSC Young Boys and the ice hockey team SCB.
But the federal city is not only a popular host for major sporting events such as the 2008 European soccer championships or the 2009 ice hockey world championships – competitions for juniors and niche sports are also actively supported by the authorities and the locals. So if you are planning a world championship for junior floor hockey or a fencing world cup, keep Bern in mind as a possible host.
Sporting Events in Bern – successfully won candidacies
A candidacy, and with it the awarding of a large-scale sporting event, is preceded by years of work, evaluations, and discussions with associations. Thanks to our comprehensive experience and extensive know-how and our networking role, we bring together the different stakeholders and players and host countless attractive sporting events in Bern. Here are some of the highlights we are looking forward to:
Four days of sports and excitement for more diversity and inclusion: The EuroGames are a multi-sport event that is hosted by license of the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation and stands for equal rights for LGBT athletes. It has been around for nearly 30 years and is held in a different European city each year. Athletes compete for the coveted medals in various disciplines, such as badminton, floorball, or track and field. We are very pleased that the city of Bern will be hosting of this sporting highlight in 2023 and making a statement for acceptance – with our efforts, we have contributed significantly to the candidacy’s success. We are expecting some 3,000 participants.
Bern Welcome helped us greatly with our candidacy for the 2023 EuroGames and facilitated the process. All of our concerns and questions were met with support and a wealth of experience, which enabled us to put together a successful dossier. Thank you very much for that!Thomas Künzi, co-organizer of the 2023 EuroGames
2023 IFSC Climbing World Championships
For the third time, the who’s who of the international climbing scene will meet in Switzerland: From the 2nd to the 13th of August 2023, Bern will host the Climbing World Championships. In cooperation with the Swiss Alpine Club SAC and the two World Cup organizers Meiringen and Villars, Bern Welcome submitted its candidature and was able to prevail over the bids from South Korea and China. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the world's best climbers in the Federal city. In the course of eleven days, the athletes will compete in the categories bouldering, lead climbing, and speed climbing in the PostFinance Arena.
Services free of charge
- Suggesting suitable venues and locations in the city and canton of Bern.
- Helping to find the right date and coordinate the event
- Arranging and booking suitable complementary activities
- Finding a suitable accommodation and taking care of the hotel quota
- Recommending volunteering options
- Explaining different funding options and offering support when filing a request
- Providing the right contacts:
- Event agencies
- Service providers
- Communication and promotion companies
- Partner Bern Welcome
- Attractive texts, images, photos, videos, and more are provided.
Other services (fees aply)
- Taking over other operative tasks (such as ticketing or volunteering)
- Providing support for conceptual work
- Compiling a sponsoring dossier
- Compiling a candidacy dossier
- Organizing workshops (for example for coming up with ideas with your partners)
We are happy to help you with your bid for a sporting event!
The Bernese arenas are suited for nearly everything:
- Stadion Wankdorf
Thanks to the artificial turf, the soccer stadium can be used for all kinds of sporting and business events, concerts and more.
- PostFinance Arena
The ice hockey stadium has room for 17,000 spectators.
- CBA Curling Rink
The large arena has eight rinks and can be used as a multi-purpose hall in the summer.
- Sporthalle Wankdorf Bern
A multi-purpose hall suited for all indoor sports such as floor hockey, handball, basketball or fencing. Seating for up to 2,500 spectators.
- Mobiliar Arena
A multi-purpose hall mainly for handball, with room for 1,450 seated and 900 standing.
- Allmend Sports Ground
The facility consists of four fields with natural grass, two fields with artificial turf, a baseball, rugby and frisbee field, a hammer throw field and the open meadow (“Allmend”).
- Wankdorf Track and Field Arena
With a grandstand that seat 700 spectators, a timekeeping office and training and meeting rooms, this facility is perfectly equipped for track and field events.
- Swiss Bike Park Oberried
Unique training and testing track for bike riders in a rural setting.
Further sports facilities can be found on Sportamt-Bern.ch.
In addition to its versatile infrastructure, Bern also offers broad expertise in the matter. There are numerous different organizations that examine the scientific, political or economic aspects of sport. The Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO), for example. Its headquarters are located about an hour outside of Bern, in Magglingen, along with the National Sports Centre and the Swiss Federal Institute of Sport (SFISM), amongst others. All of the main Swiss sporting associations – including Swiss Olympic, Swiss Curling, Swiss Ice Skating, the Swiss Football Association and Antidoping Switzerland – are also based in the federal city.
The Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) at the University of Bern completes the circle of sporting experts and is predestined to provide scientific monitoring at sporting events. The institute also organizes the interdisciplinary colloquium “Berner Gespräche zur Sportwissenschaft” (“Bernese Conversations about Sports Science”) to promote the exchange between different players in the field. And it cooperated with the Institute of Sports Science at the University of Tübingen to conceptualize the doctoral programme "Interdisciplinary Sports Science", one of the few internationally oriented doctoral programmes in sports science.
The broad sporting expertise in the federal city is ideal for providing scientific monitoring at sporting events, developing exciting and innovative research projects or completing events with interesting presentations and talks.
Interested associations should contact the Bern Convention Office as soon as possible to receive the best possible support during the entire process, from evaluation and candidature all the way to the completion of their sporting event in the federal city.
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