Next Event: GC Prague Playoffs
Image: The magical city of Prague
The new Global Champions Playoffs will be staged in the magical Czech capital Prague, one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a UNESCO World Heritage site, promising unforgettable excitement for millions of equestrian fans worldwide.
The premiere of the thrilling new format for team show jumping will take place from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th December 2018 at the dynamic O2 arena, which hosts major concerts and sports events, and will be the first indoor event on the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL calendar.
On Saturday 15th December, sixteen of the world's top riders will go into battle for the ultimate individual showdown in show jumping at the first-ever Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix. The 16 challengers are winners of each LGCT Grand Prix during the 2018 season or runners up if the winner was already qualified for the GC Playoffs, and all will take centre stage in the ultimate showdown to contest for the inaugraul LGCT Super Grand Prix win.
The 1.55m/1.60m competition will kick off at 8:30pm (CET) in Prague's O2 Arena, and will be held over two rounds with jump off. Riders will be battling for the lion's share will of a stunning prize fund of €1.25 million and individual glory, with the winner crowned the first ever LGCT Super Grand Prix title holder.
The introduction of the GC Playoffs in will see a roller-coaster of eliminations, upsets and glory as teams battle through the quarter final, semi-final and final stages with the winning team alone taking home €3 million - part of the historic prize purse for a single event in show jumping. Only the 16 best teams from the 2018 season have qualified for a place at the play offs and the top four teams will automatically be fast tracked directly to the play off semi finals.
Prague, known as “the City of a hundred spires”, will stage the play offs over four days at the O2 arena with top-level sport and great entertainment for approximately 14,000 spectators. The event will take place in the run up to Christmas when the fairytale city will have a special festive atmosphere where visitors can enjoy the contrast of Prague’s historic Baroque architecture and the famous Castle and the cool modern neighbourhoods and art and design zones.
Team tactics and strategic changes to riders and horses during the 2018 GCL competitions have already added fresh energy to the sport. The easy-to-follow new play offs will produce more entertaining stats and graphics for fans with expert commentary for digital viewers and new technical innovations to enhance the fan experience.