After more than a year of hard work and planning, folks at JMTE have been looking forward to the arrival this week of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in neighboring Tryon, NC. But as officials for the games and the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) prepared for the opening ceremony this past Tuesday, Sept. 11, they were also keeping a close eye on Hurricane Florence and the possibility that heavy weather could affect the games.
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, WEG and TIEC officials said they were ready if Florence takes a turn toward western North Carolina. Officials stated that robust contingency plans were in place for personnel and horses in the event of severe weather conditions. This includes 1,288 permanent stalls onsite and all barns are built in conformance with international business codes.
The National Weather Service has set up an office at TIEC, and is providing game officials with updates every six hours, but the weather hasn’t changed any scheduled activities yet. So, if you make it out to a WEG events over the next two weeks, have a great time and take a good look around. You’ll see evidence of JMTE’s work most everywhere.
It has been a truly exciting opportunity to work with the WEG and TIEC to provided mapping and design services throughout the process of planning for and carrying out events. This has included developing operational plans for the games, along with maps for all planned expansions and game layouts, maps to reflect the fields of play, and geospatial data collection and mapping of existing cross-country fields and paths.
Planning Technician Candace Hladick took the lead on the project, which has also included serving as a liaison between TIEC and the North and South Carolina Departments of Transportation for on-site traffic, roadway and signage matters and we’ve provided transportation planning for everything from parking lot layouts to spectator busing, pedestrian movement and event traffic control plans.
In addition, we’ve worked with TIEC staff to develop integrated plans for the safe, efficient movement of horses, people and motorized vehicles throughout the venue. In recent weeks, JMTE has provided training to TIEC staff and others regarding traffic management during events and within work zones (e.g., “flagger” and “work zone supervisor” training).
The World Equestrian Games run through Sunday, Sept. 23. If Florence doesn’t become a factor, the daily events are expected to draw an average daily attendance of 40,000 to 50,000 people from all over the world. NBC Sports is providing nearly 65 hours of television coverage from the TIEC, including 57 hours of live coverage.
If the hurricane does come this way, it won’t be the first time that the TIEC has had to care for a lot of horses, due to threatening weather. TIEC served as a refuge for horses from five states in advance of Hurricane Irma last year. To stay updated on WEG events and any affects from Hurricane Florence, please CLICK HERE
We hope to see you at the games. For tickets and other information, please click the following links: