World Equestrian Games, 2018

 

Home of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018™

Located less than 20 minutes from the communities of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village, the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) event is quickly approaching.

Over 500,000 spectators, participants and vendors are expected to visit our area before, during and after the games to be held during two weeks in September 2018.

The games' host venue, Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, NC, will lodge, feed and entertain as many of these visitors on-site as they can.

However, the enormous scope and magnitude of the event far exceeds the venue’s on-site capacity.  The projected $400 million economic impact of these games will extend to areas as far away as Charlotte, Greenville-Spartanburg and Asheville.

However, Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village are among the closest communities to “ground-zero” with additional  lodging, dining, and attractions.  Consequently, our community has a golden opportunity to “show off” to a whole new audience of visitors coming from over 70 countries around the world.

We have a limited time and a unique opportunity to prepare our community to host these “world-class” visitors and to provide them with a terrific visitor experience that creates a lasting positive impression. 

The time for businesses and municipalities to prepare for this amazing event is in full swing. From how you market your business, attraction or restaurant, to the overall visitor experience, early preparation and communication is key.

With more than 500,000 people expected to attend the 12-day spectacle of equestrian champions, it is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar and will be the largest equestrian event in North Carolina’s history.

Tickets will will go on sale to the public on Monday, October 16, 2017, according to Mark Bellissimo, CEO of  Tryon International Equestrian Center, (TIEC).  

Competition action at WEG 2018 runs from September 12 through September 23, 2018, with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for September 11.

A variety of ticketing types and prices will be offered such as an All Games Pass for each week of competition or both weeks, an All Session Day Pass, All Session Discipline Pass, as well as individual event tickets, and opening and closing ceremonies. Ticket prices vary, but include an inexpensive Day Pass that gives attendees access to event grounds and expo only. A complete list of ticketing options will be available online at www.tryon2018.com or www.ticketmaster.com.