300 kilograms of poultry meat and 5 kilograms of peanut butter for the hockey players or 2,000 cups of coffee at the press centre. This is the gastronomic balance of the Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava, which hosted the hockey and realisation teams for the group B World Hockey Championships 2015 from 1 to 15 May. The Imperial and Clarion Congress Hotels in Ostrava, which are members of the portfolio of the CPI Hotels Company held sanitary days following the championships. Facilities have already started preparations for another sports event – the Golden Spike, the main programme of which will start in Ostrava on 26 May. “At this time there is no trace of hockey at the hotel and the hotel has returned to its standard regime,” Radim Beneš, manager of the Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava, said.
The first sportsmen arrived on the day of the hotel’s anniversary
The championships began for the staff long before their official beginning. The hotel combined preparation for the hockey championships with its annual maintenance following the winter season. As well as normal treatment of the exterior, cleaning of public areas and the vehicle fleet, the lifts underwent inspection and staff also took part in a fire drill with evacuation for safety reasons. Everything was ready several days before the hockey championships began, when teams from Denmark and the USA arrived. The hotel welcomed the Belarusian team on 30 April, on the day of its 40th anniversary of the date the hotel welcomed its first guests under the name of Anton. As well as the hockey teams, which occupied over three quarters of the hotel’s 120 rooms, the Clarion in Ostrava also hosted ice sports celebrities and members of the International Ice Hockey Association, such as legendary Russian goalkeeper Vladislav Teťjak or the scouts and presidents of important Canadian-American NHL clubs, such as the Columbus Blue Jackets.
V-Day celebrations, sauna and Xbox
Players of the Hockey Championships spent over 14 days at the hotel. As well as training, they also found time in their programme for non-hockey activities. “The Americans were the most active, they went on frequent trips, they saw Auschwitz, Krakow or played golf in the Beskyd Mountains. And they also frequently went shopping in the streets of Ostrava when their other halves visited,” Radim Beneš revealed. “The Danish team most frequently relaxed by playing Xbox One, the Belarusians and Russian speaking guests celebrated V-Day en masse,” he added. Bingo also made an appearance after the Swedish team arrived from Prague for the quarter-finals.
Specialities for sportsmen precisely according to plan
The team of Otto Kokoszynski, head chef of the Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava, received precise recommendations on what the menu should look like for the hockey players from the IIHF Health Committee as early as January. The menu had to respect the energy values and times of individual meals. It was necessary to ensure that players had refreshments available early in the morning before training at the ČEZ arena and late at night after competition games. “The players’ plates mainly held pasta, chicken and turkey, and peanut butter had to be included. We cooked a special menu for the Belarusians who requested dishes as bland as possible. Samples, which were inspected by the Regional Hygiene Station, were taken from each dish,” Otto Kokoszynski stated.
As well as providing the hockey players with accommodation and catering, the Clarion also organised facilities for newspaper reporters. A press centre was established in the hotel’s congress centre with a restaurant for over 200 accredited newspaper reporters. The players gave the hotel team signed uniforms as an expression of thanks. The Swedish team uniform was auctioned for 6,000 crowns at the employee party and this sum will be sent to the Modré dveře therapy centre.
Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava is also the accommodation partner for the two-day Golden Spike athletic meeting again this year. A number of sportsmen, including the greatest stars Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt, will stay at the hotel.