08.02.10

Its Hot in the City & Cool to be a Volunteer!

Posted in 2010 Games, Preperations, Volunteer Training, Volunteerism, World Equestrian Games at 9:58 pm by Thomas

Attended my Volunteer Training Initiation tonight and if you didn’t guess from the title it went very well.  Tonights meeting was conducted by ESCO Security Consulting , which is managing the security operations for the Games, as a meet and greet for them to interview the volunteers.  ESCO’s staff was very professional and left me with a very good feeling when it comes to the security operations for the Games.  The magic I often speak of in relation to the Games was certainly present in the room both among the volunteers and the staff which for me is a great environment to be in.  I have given an initial commitment of 10 days, possibly 11 maybe 12 if need be because I do believe I can make a difference during these Games as I believe I have made a difference in how these Games go off.  There are still volunteer opportunities available for the Games and certainly for anyone who maybe still on the fence, and I know you are out there, I would ask that you consider stepping down off that fence especially if you are a Kentuckian.  I know the negative publicity that is out there about the Games, but I can say with certainty that the true legacy that these Games leave behind after October 1oth will be long lasting and will not be defined by the revenue generated during that short 16 day period.

Proud to be a Kentuckian,

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas Paul Demond

06.21.10

Build-out for the 2010 Games Underway

Posted in Preperations at 9:26 pm by Thomas

Construction Begins with Temporary Seating at Outdoor Stadium

LEXINGTON, KY—95 Days To Go—The build-out for the 2010 Games has officially begun, and trucks carrying temporary seating and other structures dot the Kentucky Horse Park grounds as workers unload materials and prepare to begin construction.

“These guys will probably be here until September,” said Sean Doane, venue manager for the World Games 2010 Foundation.

Workers will begin erecting temporary seating today beginning with Stands A and C, which line the left and right sides of the Outdoor Stadium. Both stands are expected take 12-13 days each to complete.

Stand B, the other temporary seating structure at the Outdoor Stadium, will run along the back of the stadium but cannot be built until late July because of other events at the Horse Park. This is the largest of the three stands and will take approximately 20 days to complete.

“The Kentucky Horse Park hosts many events throughout the summer, and we are doing our best not to disturb their annual schedule for as long as we can,” Doane said.

In addition to temporary seating, temporary structures, such as office trailers, are also arriving at the Park. Excavators are currently working to flatten land so these structures can be placed.

Later this summer, exhibit tents for the Equine Village will be placed, and in August, work begins in earnest, with media, hospitality and trade show structures going up, along with the completion of two completely temporary competition venues.

Check back for updates and photos as the build-out continues.