Four days with all 18 official events.
A special day for parents and companions to spend in Madrid.
SUGGESTION: One day in Museo del Prado and the surrounding area. Transportation will be available from the door of the venue and back.
After party for all the competitors and companions who want to stay together one more day without
SUGGESTION: One day in Parque Warner Madrid.
We are prepared to move the competition dates if necessary. These dates have been checked to match holiday periods of schools and to not overlap with important holidays in Europe. Besides, the FIFA World Championship will be finished by these dates.
Madrid is one of the most interesting, touristy and well communicated capitals in Europe. The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has direct connections with a large number of cities around Europe and around the globe, and virtually any existing airline flies to the city. The airport has direct communication with the city center through a wide range of cheap transportation methods, including direct access to Madrid Metro (underground), trains and buses.
No matter what are your main interests, there are plenty of tourism attractions available in Madrid: don’t miss places like Puerta del Sol or Plaza Mayor, go shopping at the glamorous Gran Vía or Serrano avenues, or chill in El Retiro park. Enjoy the amazing collection in Museo del Prado, or just go wild in Parque Warner Madrid.
Madrid is a large city with an excellent variety of accommodation, from cheap apartments to luxury hotels. Some offers near the venue are:
|Hostel Era Alonso Martínez||13 EUR / night|
|AbraCadabra Suites||46 EUR / night|
|Espahotel Plaza de España||86 EUR / night|
These above are simply examples. If the event is held in Madrid, we will look forward getting specific agreements with several hotels.
The Madrid Arena can't better suit the purposes of our competition. The room and distribution of the ground floor is fit for a 2,500 m2 area encompassing main stage, chilling area, bleachers, 4 concentration rooms totalling 500 m2, VIP room, press room, score-taking room, toilets and more.
The second floor is the dining zone, with up to three areas to serve catering meals.
Integrated in the ground floor, the fun zone will have a big presence throughout the event. Booths will be offered for rental and will constitute not only an alternative experience for competitors and guests, but also a source of monetization for the competition.
The venue offers a large screen that we can use to project the progress of the championship. In order to not increase the budget, our initial idea is inviting a team of French staff, experts with this technology, to take over this responsibility.
Six persons from different countries will be working together in this ambitious project.
Design Venue Concept
Organizer of 10 competitions, including 3 Spanish Championships (and organizing the 2017 edition). Current member of the AECR Board. Lives in Madrid.
Staff Venue Concept
Organizer of 9 competitions, including 1 Spanish Championship (and organizing the 2017 edition). Delegated 13 competitions. Current member of the AECR Board and the WRC. Lives in Madrid.
Organizer of around 40 competitions, including London Open 2017 and several UK Championships (and organizing the 2017 edition). Delegated 34 competitions. Current member of the UKCA Board and the WFC.
Organizer of 9 competitions, including European Rubik’s Cube Championship 2016, 3 editions of FMC Europe, and 3 Spanish Championships. Delegated 29 competitions. Current member of the WCA Board and the WRT.
Organizer of more than 70 competitions, including European Rubik’s Cube Championship 2016 and several Hungarian Nationals. Delegated 68 competitions. Current member of the WCA Board.
Software Groups Schedule
Organizer of more than 10 competitions, including World Championship 2017. Delegated 46 competitions. Current member of the AFS Board, the WRC and the WST.
The AECR (Asociación Española del Cubo de Rubik - Spanish Rubik's Cube Association) is a very seasoned association with a considerable strength in human power. All the AECR Board Members not in the Core Team will support us: Alexander Olleta (WCA Delegate), Elisabet Delgado, Javier Tirado (WCA Delegate), and Raúl Morales.
The AECR owns 24 sets of timing equipment for competitions.
Spain is a country with a high number of involved speedcubers. Not only do we have a large number of competitors at WCA competitions, but also some of our competitions have reached 10 editions.
Over 50 Spanish competitors have attended more than 20 competitions. It is easy to imagine that staffing the Euro 2018 is not going to be a problem for us with the help of other international volunteers, similar to previous World and European Championships. Besides, thanks to the Spanish competition model in which competitors are divided into groups and everyone must judge apart from compete, every passionate speedcuber here becomes a potential staff member.
Due to our concept bid for this competition, the average registration fee will be high. This will surely bring a high interest into becoming member of the staff, as staff members do not pay registration. If the demand for the position is larger than the offer, as we anticipate, we will be selective in regards to hiring staff. We will value high the previous experience of candidates as staff in international competitions. This way we expect to have an excellent standard of staffing for this championship.
One of our main concerns with the budget is being able to use the registration fees to cover the topics that guarantee holding the competition (venue and competition equipment, marked red), and employing the sponsorship to other superfluous enhancements (prizes, gifts, and extras).
|Venue (sponsored by the city of Madrid)||47,600 EUR|
|Arena, 2,200 m2|
|Rooms, 500 m2|
|Fun zone, 300 m2|
|Gift pack||16,000 EUR|
|Special events||2,500 EUR|
|Competition equipment||1,000 EUR|
|Shipping fees||1,000 EUR|
About sponsorship, we will make a great effort in getting a strong main sponsor not related with puzzles. More about this follows in the next and last section.
|Registration fees||48,600 EUR|
|Entrance fees||2,500 EUR|
|Non-puzzle sponsor||20,000 EUR|
|Fun zone booth rental||10,000 EUR|
This is why we propose to rename the competition to WCA European Championship 2018 and remove any trade mark from the denomination. This is why our bet goes for monetizing ourselves by our own means in regards to those topics that are necessary to guarantee our competition. This is why we are aiming to have only non-puzzle selling sponsors, and thus skip any chance of interference in our competition plans and freedom. And this is how we want to reach a position in which we can deal with any third-party interested in having presence in the event, and offer them to become collaborator under fair conditions.
Yes! One of the best venues in Madrid, where our competition fits extraordinarily well. In the heart of the city, close to everything, and extremely well communicated. And yes! The budget shown in this presentation is high. But after getting one or several strong sponsors and various collaborators, we will be ready to offer an extraordinary experience to the competitors and a new model of large WCA Competition to future organizers.
...ready to leave you breathless!