The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is offering companies the opportunity to become a partner in a myriad of Authority activities and events. Our Corporate Development staff would like to discuss the many sponsorship platforms that are at your disposal on a year-round or seasonal basis.
A partnership with ORDA provides unique brand association and a powerful tool to enhance your hospitality and entertainment strategies.
Summer and winter seasons are busy with approximately 880,000 visitors coming through ORDA turnstiles at five venues each year. We can offer you a multitude of opportunities to bring your business to virtually all of them.
The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is a product of the legacy of the XIIIth Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid. Following the 1980 Games, the Olympic Authority was created by the New York State legislature. ORDA assumed the management, operation, and promotion of the Olympic facilities in October of 1982. ORDA also serves as an integral part of on-going efforts to promote tourism in the Adirondack region, bringing events to the region and developing innovative programs such as Sports Development to increase awareness, education and youth participation in sport.
The concept behind ORDA was to create an umbrella organization to efficiently and effectively manage facilities owned by the State of New York - Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington and the bobsled, luge, cross country and biathlon facilities of the Olympic Sports Complex (formerly Mt. Van Hoevenberg) - and those owned by the Town of North Elba - the Olympic Center, the Olympic Speed Skating Oval and the Olympic Jumping Complex. Gore Mountain Ski Center in North Creek, N.Y., was added in 1984 along with the United States Olympic Training Center in 1990. The 1932 & 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum was added in 1994. Presently the Olympic Authority is a division of the Empire State Development Corporation.
The Authority has hosted over 275 major national and international events during its tenure. They have included the Inaugural 2000 Winter Goodwill Games, the ESPN Great Outdoor Games (July, 2000, 2001 and 2002), World Championships in Freestyle Skiing and Bobsledding, and numerous world cups, national championships and international competitions.
Having invested over $55 million in venue improvements during recent years, ORDA continues to provide venues for athletes from around the world. ORDA is constantly looking to expand and improve the training facilities to ensure they continue to be among the best in the world and Lake Placid maintains its recognition as the "Winter Sports Capital of the World."
The Olympic Regional Development Authority and its partners manage events and competitions with its communications, corporate marketing, planning, events, finance, marketing, sports development and timing/scoring departments.
The ORDA management team provides the following support functions: general administration, event management, finance, personnel, engineering, purchasing, sales and marketing, advertising, corporate marketing and sponsorships, public relations, and computer and information systems.
The Events Department of the Olympic Regional Development Authority is responsible for soliciting international, national and regional sporting events to maximize the use and exposure of the 1980 Olympic Winter venues in Lake Placid.
Beyond management of events and initiation programs, such as Sports Development, which promotes education and participation in Olympic sports, the Authority has significantly expanded and improved its facilities over the years.