23/01/2014

Aarhus' NRGi Arena bids farewell to EHF EURO

NEWS REPORT: European Championship moves to Herning for final rounds

Photo: Stephane Pillaud

Photo: Stephane Pillaud

Over the past twelve days Aarhus' NRGi Arena has hosted both the exciting Group C during the preliminary round and the Main Round Group 2, but as the European Championship has now moved to Herning for the final round, it was time to bid farewell to this EHF EURO venue.

Venue manager Birgit Hessellund is very satisfied with how things went in Aarhus.

"I think we have lived up to the expectations that people must have had. Everyone has done a great job," she said.

"It has been a great couple of weeks and an amazing experience with a good atmosphere in the arena. And even though it has been a bit hectic sometimes and you get tired, it’s still so much fun.

"We have had many more spectators than we dared to believe. The attendance and support from the fans has been great – we sometimes called it the Polish home court."

Her job as venue manager has been challenging, as there were always a lot of sudden changes to the plans.

And so Hessellund gives her thanks to all the volunteers that made her daily at the NRGi Arena so much easier.

"It means almost everything to have so many fantastic and hardworking volunteers. Without them we could have never achieved our goals.

"To have so many people changing their everyday routine to help out in the arena has been just great and we are very thankful for that."

Annette Dons and Annette Møller were two of the many volunteers working at the EHF EURO 2014 in Aarhus.

And according to them, nothing can beat this experience.

"It’s fantastic to be a part of. You get a little high because it’s such a rush," Dons explain.

"We would do this any time. If we’re asked to help out at another event, we’re up for it!" they both agree.

"Actually you get pretty disappointed, if things get in your way. You nearly ask your family to postpone dinners and birthdays of any kind to be a part of these events," they concluded with huge smiles.

written by Claudia Bisconti / ts