"We invite all of ?ód?’s citizens to take part in the World Championship, also by participating in the games on our Facebook profile. All you need to do is “like” our city. We also have a surprise for all those who are going to buy (or have already bought) tickets for the matches in ?ód?. They will be able to use the city’s public transport free of charge and have free access to the botanical garden, the zoo, the palm house, other cultural institutions and Wodny Raj swimming pool," said the city’s President Hanna Zdanowska this Monday, at a briefing, which took place at ?ód?’s high street – Piotrkowska. The President added that these are not all of the attractions prepared for the fans of volleyball.
"?ód? proved to be a lucky city for volleyball. Here Poland will play most of its matches of the World Championship tournament. The players are well aware of the fans’ expectations. They train with additional motivation – they asked, for example, to have their training weights increased by 10kg, just to be better prepared," said the Polish Volleyball Federation President Miros?aw Przedpe?ski.
A special Fan Zone is being prepared to stand on ?ód?’s Manufaktura Square for the whole duration of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014.
"The World Championship will take place in seven Polish cities. Each of them has a perfect opportunity to show itself to the rest of Poland and, thanks to the TV broadcast in almost 170 countries, to promote itself internationally. ?ód?, situated in the center of Poland will also be a central point for our fans. Here the White-and-Reds will hopefully play most of the tournament’s matches. This makes ?ód? a key place of the championship," PVF’s Vice-President Artur Popko explained.
The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 will start on August 30 and end on September 21. Matches in ?ód? will take place from September 10 to 20.
After a meeting with media representatives at the city hall, the organisers (PVF) met with all departments of the local administration and central government-related services. Neither of the sides had any significant issues regarding the organisation of the World Championship in ?ód?. President Hanna Zdanowska summed up the meeting by saying: "?ód? is ready for the World Championship."