By Kimberly Smith
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January 29, 2016, Presque Isle, Maine – Presque Isle is soon to be the center of much international sports attention as the 2016 BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon comes to the city. Athletes, coaches, support staff, fans and international press will descend on the area in just a few short days. This means an influx of dollars for hotels, restaurants and other businesses. In addition, Super Bowl size international viewership will be focused on our area. Presque Isle’s Downtown Revitalization Committee is planning to host an Arrival Ceremony for the Biathletes and the public is invited!
Approximately 275 biathletes will arrive on Monday, February 8. The main group will arrive by chartered aircraft at Northern Maine Regional Airport terminal at 5:00 p.m. with a second large charter plane arriving at 7:10 p.m. More biathletes will then arrive on the 7:45 p.m. PenAir flight.
The public is invited to help the City welcome the athletes to our community by joining Downtown Committee members in a designated spot in the baggage claim area. The Presque Isle High School Band will be on hand to provide live music as the athletes arrive at 5:00 p.m. Welcome packets assembled by the Downtown Committee will be given to the biathletes. As the athletes will no doubt be weary after their long flight, the public is asked to stay in the designated area until the athletes have cleared the terminal. Although the band will only be performing for the first arrival, the public is invited to be present for all three.