After 2 years of work and a 21 million Euro investment, the new Sports and Conference Centre Tignespace opened on 10 July 2013.
Tignespace is a new Sports and Conference Complex equipped with state-of-the-art multi-purpose and multi-functional infrastructures. It is an exceptional new tourist attraction for Tignes that will boost business tourism and demonstrate its dedication to catering for high-level sportsmen and women.
AN INDOOR ATHLETICS TRACK AT 2100M - NO NEED FOR SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN TO ARTIFICIALLY RECREATE HIGH-ALTITUDE CONDITIONS ANYMORE!
The Tignespace SPORTS zone is intended for high-level sportsmen and women, holiday-makers or people who live in Tignes. The Olympic Pole Vaulting Champion Jean Galfione worked alongside the resort as “promoter and project manager” of Tignespace. He worked closely with the architects right from the start of the project in order to make the best use of the sports area and to meet high standards. He thought it was a real shame that athletes were artificially creating altitude conditions during their training. From now on, with the multi-functional infrastructures in Tignespace, altitude training has become accessible and natural. Thanks to his expertise, the details that make all the difference have been taken care of, something greatly appreciated by the sportsmen and women. Guided tour:
HIGH-LEVEL IS THE ULTIMATE PUBLICITY FOR TIGNES
Do you remember: in 1998 the French Football Team trained in Tignes… Since then, Tignes has become known as the official altitude-training resort for high-level sport.
Since its inauguration in July 2013, Tignespace has already hosted more than 45 sports teams and clubs such as Olympique Lyonnais, Montpellier Hérault Rugby Club, Toulon Rugby Club and even Gloucester Rugby Club.
From October 2013, Tignespace will be the perfect complement to the training of the French ski teams preparing for the Olympics in Sochi 2014, but also for the French Athletics Federation with whom Tignes has signed a partnership.
On the business front, Tignespace will allow the resort to meet the growing demand for the organisation and hosting of conferences and seminars. Tignes can now ride the business tourism wave and host major seminars with ease.
From the concert hall to the sports area, the facilities are suitable for large-scale shows, concerts or conferences.
The original building has been restructured and extended horizontally. Having been revamped, it doesn’t obscure other buildings despite an extended surface area. The HQE architectural project focused on a green roof and a large southern frontage that highlights the windows and natural stone.
Sleek, ultra modern designer furniture provides the final touch to the building as a whole. Linking what is useful to what is beautiful, the dimensions are perfect.
All the rooms in Tignespace are named after famous sportsmen and women who have or have had a link with Tignes, or after large-scale events that have taken place in the resort: Edgar Grospiron, Didier Deschamps, Guerlain Chicherit, Kevin Rolland or Tignes Airwaves, Tour de France, JO 1992, X Games etc.
JEAN GALFIONE PROMOTER & PROJECT MANAGER
Olympic Pole Vaulting Champion at the Atlanta games in 1996
World Pole Vaulting Champion in 1999
36 caps for the French A team
His love-affair with Tignes began in 2009 at the Tignes Wild Golf event. At this time, the resort was already focused on the Tignespace project. During this planning stage, he worked with Tignes on a pre-season training camp, then a competition which brought together the best French pole vaulters in Tignes in February 2010. The Tignespace project instantly caught his attention. As a high-level athlete himself, he wholeheartedly supported the resort’s desire to develop top-quality projects for athletes.
“The appeal of the complex is unquestionable: its exceptionally high-quality facilities, truly devoted to high-level sports, the capacity to offer almost every single sport, its proximity to ‘Le Lagon’ aquatic centre - perfect for recovery sessions - means that there is no European equivalent at this altitude!”
Official promoter of Tignespace, Jean Galfione is playing an active part in the promotion of the new complex and supported the project during the realisation of the team sports area, in particular to meet the requirements of the French Athletics Federation, who from now on, will be coming to Tignes to train.