The main actors are coming to town today – European Championships Start Thursday

Wednesday, March 23, 2011: The arena with all its details is about to be finished today. Several innovations are introduced here. Probably the most obvious one is the new railing set in the TV arena which consists of 18 TV's that display the main sponsors for the EC with live graphics.

While the organizing team is finalizing the preparations for the setup, the national contingencies are about to arrive in Brandenburg a.d. Havel. Over 200 participants from 33 nations are expected to arrive into the Axxon hotel for accreditation today. Whereas the foreign teams get their rooms, the host nation's team has already arrived yesterday. Two media appointments are on the German player's agenda for today. First there will be an interview with the largest local newspaper (MAZ). After that, a national TV station (RBB) is preparing a short clip with the national German hopes for the event. The clip can be seen on TV later on. This underlines the positive media attention which the event has already had since last weekend.

The opening ceremony will begin on Thursday, March 24 , 2011, at 10:00 am local time. Before the president of the EPBF, Gre Leenders, will officially open the EC, the award for the Player of the Year 2010 will be presented. The outcome of the election is still kept secret and will be revealed during tomorrow's ceremony.

The event will be hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the event website or contact our press office.