With the Olympics and the target date of 2032, we have a great opportunity to implement essential future topics that occupy people more quickly. This is the true value of possible games for the region. The games can be a motor for people to benefit more quickly and sustainably from the investments in the infrastructure between the Rhine and Ruhr. The networking of mobility and digitalisation knows no boundaries, which is why no municipality, district or company can develop solutions in isolation. If the parochial thinking of the individual municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia broke up, which we have already succeeded in doing, and stop thinking in "I" but in "we", there is a great opportunity to tackle and implement the important issues of the future in joint solidarity. A concrete example: If the existing rail network is digitized in a uniform and comprehensive manner, it will be possible to offer 40 percent more capacity utilization in long-distance public transport without building a new kilometre of rail. The increase for local public transport is 20 percent. This means that the frequency can be increased immensely. Accelerating the networking of mobility and digitisation in the metropolitan region is a huge opportunity for the people who live here. Many of these projects, from which millions of citizens and the entire region will benefit, are not happening for Olympia, but through Olympia. This is the real value of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032 on the Rhine and Ruhr rivers and provides an answer to the question of the citizens "What do I get out of it?” The globally unique potential of the Rhine and Ruhr with 9 DAX companies, 11 MDAX companies (as of the end of September 2019), 450.000 medium-sized companies, 500.000 students, a well-educated population and numerous start-ups forms the basis for a unique vision of the Rhein Ruhr City: the creation of an innovation and mobility region, at the end of which will be the most modern metropolitan region in Europe, with the jobs of the future, all around the universities.
A total of 14 municipalities and meanwhile also other interested local authorities are part of our concept: Aachen, Bochum, Bonn, Dortmund, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Cologne, Krefeld, Leverkusen, Mönchengladbach, Oberhausen and Recklinghausen. 14 municipalities that are enthusiastic about the idea of pooling forces and synergies for an overarching goal and thinking as one metropolitan region. The great challenges of the future, such as networked mobility and digitalisation, can only be conceived and realised as a region. All 14 municipalities and the parliamentary parties of CDU, SPD, FDP and Bündnis 90/Die Grünen have recognised the potential behind the "we mentality".
The IOC's Agenda 2020, which explicitly request for sustainability in future games, means that for the first time in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, regions can also apply for the Games. In addition, the elimination of minimum capacities of spectator seats allows for a more flexible use of already existing or temporary sports facilities in a city or region. In addition, 115.000 hotel beds can already be offered as overnight accommodation in the region. The IOC's target is 42.000 beds. The concept of the Rhein Ruhr City 2032 initiative is the first concept that pays 100% into the Agenda 2020 and it is already sustainable before the Games begin. The Rhine-Ruhr region also offers a unique sports potential. Almost 19.000 sports clubs with over five million members make North Rhine-Westphalia the number one sports state in Germany. According to the market and social research institute Ipsos, people in North Rhine-Westphalia feel more comfortable than average in comparison to other German states. Aspects such as a secure income, no fear of the future and good family contacts make the state worth living in. North Rhine-Westphalia is the federal state with the highest GDP by comparison, and in terms of GDP per capita, North Rhine-Westphalia does not have to hide behind its seventh place (2018). All this is a very good foundation - we want to build on this together with the people and the region.
90% of the required sports facilities already exist today and are used on a weekly, monthly or annual basis and are being modernized and kept fit for the future - also independently of the Olympic and Paralympic Games - by the respective, mostly private-sector sports facility operators in a sustainable manner. The Rhein Ruhr City 2032 sports facility concept is thus sustainable before the Games have begun and is also sustainable in its subsequent use. Every sports facility already has a corresponding traffic concept in place today. With a funding program for sports facilities initiated by the state government and unique in Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia is strengthening its position as the number one sports state: A total of 300 million euros is available to clubs in North Rhine-Westphalia under the "Modern Sports Facility 2022" program, which is currently being provided by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Sports clubs and associations will benefit from this to an unprecedented extent. This is an important impulse to reduce the renovation backlog and to promote popular sports and voluntary work. Our aim is to make use of what is already there and also to create something that will continue to be used afterwards.
There are three different ideas for the athletics stadium. The first: If a Bundesliga club is planning a new stadium, an athletics track can be temporarily installed, which can be dismantled after the games. The second possibility: A temporary stadium that can be completely rebuilt after the games. As a third option, we would like to ask whether North Rhine-Westphalia, as Germany's largest federal state, should have a multi-functional stadium for around 25.000 spectators, which could be temporarily expanded to accommodate 60.000 spectators in which national and international athletics competitions can also be held in the future. It is important to us to work out an ecologically and economically sustainable concept together with the people who live here. To this end, the use of sports facilities that already exist today and have been temporarily constructed is a priority. 90 percent of the sports facilities for the Games already exist today and are used weekly, monthly or annually.
The Olympic Village is to be built where there is a shortage of housing. Geographically, the region between Cologne, Düsseldorf and Essen is an option, as the Olympic Village must be located at the centre of the sports facilities. Municipalities that are not yet among the 14 venues can also be considered. When planning, we do not ask: what is the necessity for an Olympic village but rather assume the subsequent use and then create the parameters to be changed for an Olympic village. For the subsequent use, we think it makes sense to work this out with a consortium of regional housing cooperatives and national housing associations. Taking into account important ecological aspects: What about the last mile, CO2 neutrality and fair working conditions on site? We are in an exchange with interested municipalities, in a structured process.
The Games are not a mandatory prerequisite for investments in public transport, but 2032 is a concrete target date, which allow innovative and infrastructurally important projects for the metropolitan region to be implemented more quickly. This is the value of possible games in 2032, and they can be a motor for people to benefit more quickly and sustainably from investments in infrastructure (networked mobility) and digitisation between the Rhine and Ruhr. To give a concrete example: In Munich, the 1972 Olympic Games significantly accelerated the construction of underground and suburban railways. Today, almost 50 years later, the city still benefits from the investments made at that time. One example: If the existing rail network is digitized, it will be possible to offer 40 percent more capacity utilization in long-distance public transport without building one kilometer of rail. The increase for local public transport is 20 percent. This can increase the frequency immensely, which is already possible today. Olympia 2032 could be a great accelerator here and would free up the necessary funds more quickly.
The great opportunity offered by the Games 2032 is to decisively advance essential future topics that concern the region, such as networked mobility and digitization. The Olympic Games with 2032 as the target date can be a motor for people to benefit more quickly and sustainably from investments in the infrastructure of mobility and digitisation in the region. These issues are driven, not FOR the Games, but THROUGH the Games. For example, the subway and tramway at the 1972 Games in Munich, which is still sustainable, almost 50 years after the Games.
There will always be travel to the Olympic and Paralympic Games - regardless of which continent and country they take place in. In the Region, as a conurbation in the heart of Europe, the journey to the Games is comparatively short due to the special location and climatic conditions: The planned locations can all be reached by around 220 million people within about six hours by train. Brisbane, which wants to apply with Queensland, reaches only 10 million people within a radius of 600 km. Our goal is also to be the first plastic-free games. That Olympic and Paralympic Games will be without plastic should be a matter of course in 2032. But why doesn’t we take important steps in this direction already today through possible games on the way to this goal? Furthermore, we can welcome 641.000 people in the stadiums and arenas at the same time thanks to the existing sports facility concept. Sports such as handball, basketball, swimming, horse riding, hockey or volleyball in front of 40.000 to 50.000 spectators. This would be unique in the history of the games and we could give the sport back to the games.
Any type of major event - sporting, cultural or political - requires additional security measures. This applies to the German National League matches as well as World Cup or European Championship matches and celebrations such as the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Our vision is to develop an ecologically and economically sustainable concept together with the people who live here.
We are planning to draw up a serious implementation budget by summer 2020, which will show all the opportunities and risks. It is important to us to develop an ecologically and economically sustainable concept together with the people who live here. To this end, the use of sports facilities that already exist today and have been temporarily constructed is a priority. 90% of the sports facilities for the Games are already in place and are used weekly, monthly or annually. We advertise to the people that they place their trust in us. In the projects in which our founder Michael Mronz has been involved to date (e.g. World and European Equestrian Games in Aachen, World Championships in Athletics in Berlin), the planned implementation budget has always been adhered to or has even been better managed than previously planned.
Independent surveys came to the conclusion that between 66 and 70 percent of people welcome our concept of ecologically and economically sustainable games. In the more than 80 dialogue events that we have held in 2019 (in 2020 there will be more than 120), we have received even stronger support in some cases, often combined with the call to continue along this path together and to work on the concept. Because it is not about us, but about the people in the Rhine-Ruhr region. Not FOR, but THROUGH the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032, we can decisively advance essential future topics in North Rhine-Westphalia - such as networked mobility and digitalisation - with 2032 as our target date. That is the real vision behind the Games in the region. In addition to the positive effects that will have on sport. Sport plays an important and supporting role in our society and can be brought back into focus through the Olympic and Paralympic Games at home.