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World Record in Closeness at European Championships

The European Athletics Indoor Championships in Gothenburg are set to beat the world record in closeness. “The spectators can get really close to the athletes before, during and after the events. There will be plenty of chances to ask questions and get autographs,” said project manager Lena Sjöstrand at Göteborg & Co.

"This year’s European Athletics Indoor Championships are like no previous championships. The ‘All under one roof’ tagline says it all: everything is really taking place indoors, nobody needs to go outside."

“Cooperation between Scandinavium, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers means that we can offer a total indoor event,” said Sjöstrand.

"The over 600 athletes and 500 trainers are staying at Gothia Towers. They can take the lift down to the warm-up arena in the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre’s premises, before entering the championship arena, Scandinavium. This is an enormous advantage for the athletes. At the last European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris in 2011, they had a two-hour bus journey between the hotel and the championship arena."

The Gothenburg championships will also be groundbreaking as regards to spectators’ opportunities for getting close to the athletes: the arena floor at Scandinavium will be raised over three metres, and a European Championships Market Square created at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.

The European Athletics Indoor Championships takes place from 1-3 March. For further information and tickets visit www.goteborg2013.com