Bogota media tour new-look El Campin

The President of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2011, Luis H. Bedoya Giraldo, as well as the tournament’s Director, Rodrigo Jose Cobo Morales, accepted an invitation from the Mayor of Bogota, Samuel Moreno Rojas, to take part in his TV programme. On this occasion the broadcast’s main theme was the FIFA U-20 World Cup and was primarily recorded at the Estadio Nemesio Camacho El Campin.

During the interview, the LOC representatives went into in-depth detail on some of the general themes of the competition. These included ticket sales, periodic marketing activities, the ground covered by the committee since FIFA awarded Colombia hosting rights back in 2008 and the true legacy of this high-profile competition, which will begin on 29 July in Barranquilla and come to a close on 20 August in Bogota.

After the show was recorded, the Mayor, alongside the Director of the Bogota branch of the LOC, Ana Edurne Camacho, showed local media representatives around the various areas of El Campin. The venue will be ready in time for 29 April's visit by delegates from those teams that have qualified for Colombia 2011 and will be based in Bogota. The stadium’s modern facilities, the training pitches to be used during their stay and their team hotels are all due to be inspected and checked.

During the course of their tour, the media representatives got a first-hand look at the four new dressing rooms, the VIP and VVIP zones, the areas for match officials, doping control and youth programs, the press box, broadcast cabins, catering and restaurant areas, the FIFA and LOC offices, the Media Centre and the Mixed Zone. The final stop on the tour was the modern Press Conference room, where the local politician and LOC officials answered questions from the assembled journalists.  

“First and foremost, we have to thank Mayor Moreno and all the city’s authorities for their huge efforts during the lengthy process that has led to today’s modern El Campin, which is now in line with the regulations governing the world’s leading stadiums,” said LOC President Bedoya Giraldo. “From the start, Bogota have met all the time frames and deadlines set by FIFA, and it makes you really proud to see this venue which everyone in Bogota will enjoy.”

Bogota will welcome Group A at the showpiece event, a section which features host nation Colombia, and will provide the setting for ten of a total of 52 games scheduled for one of the biggest sporting events in the country’s history.