In a significant move towards ensuring an eco-friendly FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™, Organising Committee (OC) President Steffi Jones and Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) vice-president Horst Klein signed an outline agreement providing free use of public transportation at the first FIFA Women’s World Cup on German soil. All match tickets will take the form of so-called combi-tickets, valid for use on public transport in the corresponding region on matchdays. Accredited media representatives will also be permitted to use public transport services without charge.
The agreement is an important component of Green Goal 2011, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 environmental initiative, launched in May 2010. Green Goal 2011 seeks to minimise the environmental impact of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the core areas of water, refuse, catering, energy and mobility.
"A major event like this would be impossible to organise without sustainable and efficient public transportation services," commented VDV vice-president Klein.
"Match tickets are not only valid for the journey to and from the stadium, but also on buses and trains throughout the day until the final scheduled service, in the host city in question and on all services operated by the local transport authority," continued Klein.
"The combi-ticket offers fans and media representatives an outstanding service, and is also an important contribution to a meaningful and credible programme of environmental responsibility. We are delighted about concluding this agreement with the VDV," commented OC President Jones.
Apart from conveying fans to and from the stadiums at no charge, further benefits of the combi-tickets include alleviating road congestion on matchdays, simplifying the use of public transport, and contributing to improved safety and crowd management at the stadiums.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 opens on 26 June 2011 in Berlin. The Final in Frankfurt takes place on 17 July. Matches will also be played in Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden, Leverkusen, Monchengladbach, Sinsheim and Wolfsburg.