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What Are The FEI World Equestrian Games™?

 

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG), which are administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, is the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining.

The 2018 WEG has the potential to be the largest sporting event in North Carolina history with over $400 million dollars of projected economic impact and 500,000 spectators over the 13-day event in September 2018.

 

What other cities have hosted the WEG?
The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be organized outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010, where 57 countries were represented by 800 human athletes and their horses. The Games returned to Europe for the 2014 edition, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, which was held in Normandy (FRA).

For more information, check out the FEI website here: http://inside.fei.org/fei/events/fei-weg.

 

Expected Attendance & Economic Impact

 

How many people attend the Games?
An average of 500,000 people attend the Games over the two-week period. TIEC is preparing for a daily attendance of 40,000 – 50,000 people.

 

What is the potential impact of this event on this area?
The 2014 Games in Normandy delivered over $400 million in economic impact, and attracted 984 athletes, 1,234 horses, 74 nations, 1,900 accredited media from 52 countries and 575,000 spectators.

 

Event Details

 

What are the event dates?
The FEI WEG is held every four years, halfway between the Summer Olympic Games cycle, and the provisional 2018 Games schedule is September 11 through 23.

 

Where is the 2018 event being held?
All of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ events will be held at Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort in Tryon, North Carolina.

 

Tickets

 

When can I receive my tickets?
You will receive electronic confirmation of your ticket reservation purchase immediately after making your purchase. You will receive your tickets via email once your seats are assigned.

 

Can I get them via mail or electronically?
Your tickets will be sent electronically via email.

 

Do I get a receipt with my purchase?
Yes, you will be emailed a receipt for your ticket purchase. If you do not have email, you will need to provide a mailing address.

 

When will my seats be assigned or can I choose my seats?
You will be assigned the best available seats based on the timestamp for when you made your purchase.

 

If I don’t like my seats, can I request different ones?
Yes, if you would like to request different seats, you will have a chance to do that through our ticketing agency.

 

How are the weeks broken up into week one and week two?
The week one pass covers Wednesday, September 12 through Sunday, September 16. Week two pass covers Tuesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 23.

 

What time are the classes?
Click here to view the official schedule.

 

What are the pricing of the individual tickets?
Pricing for individual tickets will be available at a later time prior to their release.

 

What does the General Grounds Day Pass include?
The General Grounds Day Pass includes access to the general grounds, vendor village and exhibitions/demonstrations, but does not grant access to any of the competitions.

 

What does the All Sessions pass give me access to?
An “All Sessions” pass gives access to all competitions for the duration of the package (Games, Week, Discipline, Day) and also includes admission to the venue, exhibitions, entertainment, dining and the World Equine Expo™. Please note that if you purchased an All Session Discipline pass, you will only have access to the competitions within that discipline.

 

Are there children’s prices?
No, all prices are the same for all ages. Children 2-years-old and under will be admitted at no charge, but must sit on a ticketholder’s lap. If you want your child to have a seat, you will need to purchase a ticket for them.

 

Why are there no tickets for sale on 9/17 and 9/18?
September 17 is our transition day from week one to week two.  September 18 is a Community Day.  Everyone who purchases a Day Pass will have access to view the competitions on that day.

 

Will Community Day ticket sales be limited to area residents?
Community Day information and tickets will be released at a later date, but will not be limited to area residents.

 

How much is tax?
North Carolina sales tax is 6.75%.

 

What is the 8.5% service fee?
Like most sporting and entertainment events, the service fee helps the ticketing agency facilitate and process ticket sales.

 

Who can I contact with questions?
Please email tickets@tryonweg.com should you encounter problems purchasing tickets.

 

When will individual event tickets go on sale?
Individual event tickets will go on sale this winter. More information will be released as soon as possible.

 

Is handicap seating available?
Yes.

 

How can I purchase handicap seating?
Indicate on your order that handicapped seating is needed.

 

Can I order tickets without an email address?
Yes, please indicate in your order that you would like the receipt and order mailed.

 

Can I buy tickets in bulk?
Yes.

 

Can I buy tickets for a tour group?
To purchase tickets for a tour group, please contact our partner, Housing Connections at 678-667-2255.

 

I didn’t receive a confirmation email. What do I do?
Please email tickets@tryonweg.com with your 5 digit order number, and we will re-send to the email address you have provided.

 

Do I get access to all vendors and exhibitions with my ticket, or do I need to purchase an additional general admission pass?
Yes, venue admission is included in all tickets and grants access to vendors, exhibitions, entertainment, restaurants and the World Equine Expo™.

 

I want to sit with a group of friends. How do we request this?
Tickets bought in blocks under one order number will be seated together using a single timestamp. If you would like to request to sit with another ticket order, please send both order numbers to tickets@tryonweg.com and the ticketing agency will do its best to fulfill your seating request. 

 

Why can’t I purchase day passes for weekends?
Weekend finals competitions will be ticketed separately in order to keep costs down and ensure as many people as possible can attend.

 

Some All Day Session Passes are sold out. How will I see the events I want to see on those days?
You can still purchase individual event tickets when they are released.

 

Where can I find VIP and Hospitality information?
VIP and Hospitality information will be available soon. Tickets purchased now can be upsold to purchase these packages.

 

Are tickets refundable?
No. Tickets are transferrable and can be upgraded but are non-refundable.

 

When I log in to my account, I don’t see my ticket order in there?
You may have purchased tickets without creating an account. If you create an account after purchasing tickets, the two can be linked. Email tickets@tryonweg.com with the email associated with your account and ticket order number so that our team can rectify this for you.

 

I’m having trouble logging in to my Tryon 2018 account!
Please try resetting your password, and if you still experience trouble, email tickets@tryonweg.com.

 

Can my dog come with me to WEG?
NO PETS of any kind will be allowed on property during WEG. Service animals are welcome with proper documentation.

 

Opening Ceremony

 

When is the Opening Ceremony?
The Games will be launched with an Opening Ceremony – details about the Opening Ceremony will be announced in due course. The opening ceremonies are expected to accommodate an audience of 15,000+ attendees.

Get Involved

 

How can I prepare for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 or get involved?
Stay updated! Visit our website and sign up to receive e-newsletters to get the latest info as details related to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 are available or to sign up for more info about a specific area of interest:
FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 Tryon Website
Tryon International Equestrian Center
Volunteer
Sponsorship
General Inquiries

Who do I contact for advertising inquiries?
Please email advertising@tryonweg.com for information on advertising.

 

Parking & Transportation

 

Will parking be available at TIEC?
Yes, TIEC will have some onsite parking and auxiliary parking lots available.

 

Will parking be free?
No.

Will shuttle service be available for the Games?
Yes, satellite shuttle stops and parking areas will be identified throughout the region and around the TIEC area to help facilitate traffic flow in and out of the facility.

 

Will handicap parking be available?
Yes.

 

When will parking passes be on sale?
More information about parking passes is forthcoming and will be released as soon as possible. Parking passes are included in VIP and hospitality packages.

 

Is parking included in my ticket?
No, unless otherwise specified, parking is not included in your ticket.

 

How will I get around the grounds if I am handicapped?
Just as we are excited to host Para-Equestrian Dressage, we welcome spectators of all abilities, and all plans keep accessibility in mind. An extensive shuttle system will also be in place on property.


Lodging

 

How do I promote my lodging facilities or vacation rental to potential WEG attendees?
Tryon Resort is working to build a centralized system for local listings, and more information will be released as soon as possible.

Is TIEC planning to build more hotels in time for WEG?
Yes, construction is underway to add more hotels to the property in time for WEG. The plan is to add more hotels to the property.

Will there be spectator accommodations available?
Accommodations for the 2018 WEG are being managed by Connections Housing, a full-service sourcing, housing and event management company. With 30 years of experience serving events in a range of industries, Connections has two full-service, fully-owned call centers and will oversee all aspects of the housing process from contracting and room block management to reservations and post-event analysis. Accommodations are now open and can be booked by clicking here.

Why can’t I stay on TIEC property?
On site housing is reserved for athletes, judges, officials, and other WEG employees.

Employment

 

Will TIEC be hiring more employees for the WEG?

There will be a need for increased staff to host the WEG. Decisions about how many and the application process will be announced once details have been firmly established.

 

Marketing

 

How can I let my audience know about the WEG?
We recommend creating a landing page on your website with a link to our Tryon2018.com website and sharing our FAQs. We will be sending out updates regularly and encourage you to share that with your audiences.

 

How can I receive WEG updates?
To receive our WEG updates, visit www.tryon2018.com and enter your email in the sign-up block on the right.

 

How do I correctly use the event title?
Per FEI brand guidelines, the event should always be referred to in writing as the “FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.”

 

Am I allowed to use the WEG logo in my marketing?
Please contact TIEC marketing department at media@tryonweg.com to request permission and branding guidelines for use of the WEG 2018 logo.

 

How can I sponsor the event?
Click here to request a sponsorship packet and someone from our team will contact you.

 

Can we watch the event on TV or online?

Broadcast and live streaming will be available for all events. Stay tuned for schedules and details.

 

Social Media Handles & Hashtags


Tryon 2018:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tryon2018
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tryon2018
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tryon2018
Hashtag: #Tryon2018

FEI:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/the.fei/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/FEI_Global
Instagram: www.instagram.com/fei_global/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/feichannel

 

Media

 

Media Credentials
Media Accreditation is now available! Click here for more information about how to apply.

For questions regarding media at the event, please contact our National or International Press Officers.

National Media – Carly Weilminster at cweilminster@tryonweg.com or at (828) 863-1144.

International Media – Niki McEwen at niki@revolutionsports.co.uk or at 0044(0)203 176 0355.

 

Test Events

 

When are the Test Events?
Click here for the Test Event schedule.

 

Athletes

 

Where can I find the list of teams and athletes participating in the 2018 Games?
Visit www.tryon2018.com for more information when athletes are announced in 2018 after qualifying periods end.

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