FEI details bidders for 2018 World Cup Finals

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has received bids from three cities for the hosting rights to the 2018 World Cup jumping and dressage finals.

Paris, the French capital, is bidding to stage the prestigious finals for the first time and faces competition from Gothenburg in Sweden and the US city of Las Vegas.

The Parisian bid is headed up by the GL Events group, which oversaw the successful hosting of the 2014 World Cup finals in Lyon, France. Should the bid be successful, the finals will be held in the newly refurbished Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy.

The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2015 finals in April, and Gothenburg’s Scandinavium Arena, are also vying to host the 2018 event.

The Scandinavium Arena hosted the first FEI World Cup Jumping final back in 1979 and a further 21 finals since then. The joint World Cup Jumping final and World Cup Dressage final are already booked to return to Gothenburg next year.

FEI secretary general Sabrina Zeender said: “The FEI has a long-standing partnership with both Gothenburg and Las Vegas, but it is also very exciting to see Paris entering a bid.”

The successful city will be announced on November 10.