CHIEMGAU ARENA – A sports event site in over time
The construction of the biathlon center of excellence in 1977/78 was one of the most important decisions made by the city of Ruhpolding. From the very beginning, great attention was paid to planning and laying the ski tracks so that they fit into the landscape and joined seamlessly with the shooting range and the technical building. To achieve this, the building was integrated into the northern earth wall of the ski jump landing area so that it lies close to the edge of the slope and provides an almost ideal view of the ski jump facility and the shooting range in front of it, as well as the start- and finish areas which previously did not provide a view of happenings at the shooting range. Formerly, there had been only a view from a provisional platform. With the future in mind, the main building was equipped to the highest standards of the seventies and eighties with media, first aid and medical facilities, as well as wax rooms, locker rooms, a commentator’s booth and organizing committee offices. However, by 1996 when the World Championships were again held in Ruhpolding, the facility no longer met the current standards for televised broadcasting in terms of course layout, and the need to determine and present the shooting results as well as the technical measures necessary for modern live television transmission. The ensuing renovation of the core area of the stadium including the main building, spectator stands, the start- and finish line areas, and shooting range, brought these up to the newest standards still valid today. At that time, the range was expanded from 14 to 30 shooting lanes and was equipped with the most modern electronic integrated targets. Its 50 meter length is framed by high earth walls into which additional important technical rooms were integrated.
Since 2006, the track has held the IBU A-License accreditation as well as fulfilled the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) standardized requirements for World Cups and World Championships, making the Ruhpolding Arena one of the most modern in the world.