Guided Tour of the 2017 Roller Games Facilities in Nanjing, China (3/3)
End of the Tour
Downhill Skating and Inline Alpine: Jubaoshan Park
It is a nature park of 150 ha, north of Nanjing. The Alpine competition will take place on a 400 m road in the park, and the downhill competition, on a short (700 m) but technical route.
Artistic Skating: Wutaishan Gymnasium
This Gymnasium was built in 1975, and is used by the local basketball team. With a 10.000-seat capacity, the hall will host the whole competition of Artistic Skating.
Located in the heart of the city, the main hall has two giant screens, and is completed by a reception room and an adjacent room for warm-ups.
The Absence of a Main Discipline: Roller Derby
If you've read the three parts of this article, you will have noted the absence of a team discipline that is booming around the world: roller derby.
It is linked to the recent adoption by the FIRS of an international ruleset (see article on their website) that differs from the one used by most countries.
The roller derby event has been taken off of the schedule, as it would seem that too little teams would be ready to make the trip in such conditions.
A First Conclusion Following the Visit of the Facilities
Pre-Existing Facilities for the Most Part
The facilities are already existing. Little investment for facilities is planned, except for the skateboard/aggressive area, and for the adding of temporary seats. The city already has the facilities built, for the most part, for the Youth Olympics of 2014, and, for the hockey part, the city is being delivered new facilities.
Beyond that, the organization of the Roller Games has to take up important challenges, in terms of organization, coordination and communication. Let's hope that Nanjing manages to use the Youth Olympics experience to address the Roller Games with the same professionalism.
A Certain Distance for Some Athletes and Spectators
We may regret that some facilities are quite remote from the city center. It will irremediably be a challenge to fill up the seats during the events. Moreover, the city being vast, traveling and commutation times are often long, with often more than half an hour separating the sites, according to traffic situations.
Last but not least, some facilities or circuits had been defined only a few weeks before our tour... while the Roller Games are scheduled in less than 6 months, now.
Some Communication Weaknesses
A lack of communication and information from the organization can be felt. The Online-Skating.com team tries to palliate at a humble level with their articles! Let's also regret that there is still no Internet Website online for an event of such a scale!
However, it is undeniable that the Roller Games, gathering all disciplines of skating, will be a big Skating festival celebrating skating in all its forms and disciplines, for two weeks this autumn.