In Holmenkollen Skifestival we put security and safety at the forefront at our events. We continuously work on improving our events and aspects relating to this topic. It is vital to have a partner who understands the complexity of the events, are familiar with the venue and spectator groups, and finally, puts safety at the forefront. And that is why we are thrilled to announce that PSS Securitas is back in the game in Holmenkollen.
PSS Securitas is a daughter company of the globally run company, Securitas AS, and in Norway the company has more than 2000 security guards. PSS Securitas have operated in Holmenkollen over several event seasons, last time being at the 2016 IBU World Championships in Biathlon. -We are thrilled to do a Holmenkollen-comeback. All of our employees, myself included, have looked forward to this since the Championships in 2016. Holmenkollen is special to us and we are proud to take on this responsibility, says Alf Samuelsen, Department manager for Oslo & Akershus.
When elite athletes in cross-country skiing, ski jump, Nordic Combined and biathlon enters Holmenkollen, it is vital that we are well-prepared. In total, the two World Cup events gather about 100.000 spectators in a rather complex venue layout, on ‘the rooftop of Oslo’. -It should be a safe and pleasant experience for any spectator who visits the Holmenkollen Skifestival events, and PSS Securitas will help making sure this is the case. We are eager to start the new cooperation, says Kristin Vestgren Sæterøy, CEO in Holmenkollen Skifestival.
PSS Securitas is responsible for the security in the venue during the events and will cooperate closely with the police, Red Cross, volunteers and the administration. -The World Cup’s in Holmenkollen are Norway’s greatest sporting events and we are humble and ready to take on this task. We are exited to be contributing in putting on the world’s best ski festivals, together with everyone involved in Holmenkollen, says Samuelsen.
The preparations for the big events in March 2020 have already started. Skifest and Raw Air is first on the program and the doors open on 6 March. Two weekends after, Holmenkollen will be hosting the World Cup Biathlon finale 20 – 22 March and it will be interesting to see who will secure the Crystal Globes this time. Will Johannes Thingnes Bø repeate the 2019 ‘grand slam’? Regardless of sporting results, we welcome new impressive performances, the unique Holmenkollen atmosphere and a ski festival enjoyable for everyone.