For seven days, the Zuiderpark will be the centre of the Invictus Games The Hague, presented by Jaguar Landrover. From 16 to 22 April 2022, there is a lot to do in the park that has been renamed the Invictus Games Park for these days, of which the entry is free. In recent weeks, a temporary compact stadium for 5,000 spectators has been built. The sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans had to be postponed twice due to the corona pandemic, but after London (2014), Orlando (2016), Toronto (2017) and Sydney (2018), it will finally have its fifth edition starting this Easter weekend.
The Invictus Games were created by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, to encourage recovery through sport, support rehabilitation and generate wider understanding and respect for wounded soldiers and veterans. The Invictus Games The Hague were originally scheduled to take place in Spring 2020. So, it should come as no surprise that the 500 participants from 20 countries are eager to meet up in the Netherlands. They will take part in 10 sports. The Games will also bring together family members and friends of the participants. Their role in the recovery after injury or illness of the community is of immense importance.
A large part of the event is free of charge. The Fanzone can be entered without tickets. However, all visitors must be able to identify themselves and must take into account a security check on arrival. In the park, you can listen to daily performances by military orchestras, go swinging and abseiling on a climbing wall, do archery, BMX on a pumptrack, sing along with Dutch rock artists or participate in adaptive sports. Anyone wishing to attend one of the sports events can purchase tickets for it via invictusgames2020.com. A total of 60,000 seats have already been reserved for the various parts of the seven-day event, including the opening and closing ceremonies.
In recent weeks, Zuiderpark, which has three playing fields with a total surface area of 14 hectares, has been transformed into the Invictus Games Park. These days, the final touches are being made. At the moment, the ultimate decoration of the event is being worked on. A stadium with five thousand seats has been built to host the opening and closing ceremonies. In a number of existing venues, such as the Hofbad, the Sportcampus and the athletics track of AV Sparta, plus a number of temporary venues, the 500 participants in the Invictus Games will take part in ten different sports, including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, wheelchair tennis, cycling, indoor rowing and wheelchair rugby. All venues are in close proximity to each other, making the Invictus Games compact and sustainable.
A fan zone has been set up near the sports venues, and various lounges have been built for the participants, their Family & Friends, sponsors and visitors. On the freely accessible site, various sports associations will give you the opportunity to get to know their sports, the Ministry of Defence will bring along equipment and give a glimpse of the future through Virtual Reality, while various performances will take place in the Entertainment Pavilion.
As mentioned above, access to the park is free of charge for everyone. Those who wish to attend matches can purchase tickets for each event. To date, some 60,000 tickets have been sold for the various sports and the opening and closing ceremonies. Last week, the last tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies went on sale.
The opening ceremony, which includes a flag parade, the entrance of the participants, speeches and contributions by DI-RECT and the Kaiser Chiefs, can also be seen live on British (BBC) and Dutch (NOS) television.
The 1.5-hour show is full of musical surprises and dance. Naturally, and characteristic of the Invictus Games, the participants and their families and friends will take centre stage during the ceremony. Tickets are available via the website invictusgames2020.com. Tickets for the games are also still available on the website.
Princess Margriet is honorary chairman of the Committee of Recommendation of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 and will be present at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands will attend the closing ceremony.
The Invictus Games are enjoying great interest from the media. Some three hundred journalists, reporters, cameramen and presenters from all over the world have been accredited for the event. The NOS is sending a large crew that will make a daily programme full of 'impressions of the sports of the day, but also of meetings between veterans'. The event will be covered every evening on NP02. In addition, the opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast live.
Last week, a group of no less than 700 volunteers was trained and dressed in striking yellow. The large group gathered in the Zuiderpark. In the days before the Invictus Games, another 300 volunteers from abroad will join them. The volunteers played an important role at previous editions of the Invictus Games. Not only visitors, but also participants and their Family & Friends can rely on the helpers.
Those who drove the past few days on the A12 towards The Hague, could not fail to notice that the Invictus Games are held from 16 to 22 April in and around the Hague Zuiderpark. Above the approach road to the city, the Haagse Poort, with the cooperation of tenant Nationale Nederlanden and the owner of the building, has been covered with a life-size sticker announcing the Invictus Games. Image Building took on the challenge of covering the arch, which measures more than 1300 m2, despite the winter and wet conditions. In addition, a large number of flags were hung at prominent locations throughout the city. No less than 50 buses and 3 trams were also stickered. While driving, residents of The Hague are invited to come to the Zuiderpark.
At six locations in the city, several striking billboards with life-size portraits of Invictus Games competitors will be placed. These competitors have one thing in common: they have a tattoo that tells the story of what they went through in the past, or that proved to be an important support on their way to recovery. Via a QR code, passers-by are invited to listen to their stories. See videos https://invictusgames2020.com/tattoo-talk/
The Invictus Games have so far taken place in London (2014), Orlando (2016), Toronto (2017) and Sydney (2018). The Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 will take place in Germany from 9 to 16 September 2023. The Invictus Games Foundation will soon l be announcing the 2025 Host City. For more information, visit www.invictusgamesfoundation.org
The Invictus Games Foundation is the charity behind the Invictus Games. Established in 2014 following the Invictus Games London 2014, the Foundation oversees the Invictus Games and supports the international community with opportunities to use sport, esports and adventure challenges for recovery, including after the Games. The Duke of Sussex is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation. He will attend the event in The Hague.
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