During the first European Games, held in Baku, the President of the Republic, Ilham Aliyev, announced: "In the next couple of years Azerbaijan will be hosting other major and prestigious sporting events. In 2016, Baku will host the World Chess Olympiad as well as the 'Formula 1' event. In 2017, Azerbaijan will be the host to the Islamic Solidarity Games. In 2020, Baku will host group stage and quarter-final matches of the UEFA European Cup. So Azerbaijan has already demonstrated its role in the development of sports to the world."
The Azeri President signed an order on simplifying the visa procedures for foreigners and stateless persons arriving in the country in connection with the Chess Olympiad. They will be able to get visas in the country’s international airports, if they have an official invitation of the Operating Committee of the games and a document confirming their accreditation. Visas will be issued from 20 August, 2016 to 20 September of 2016. Due to the tension between the two countries the delegation of Armenia declared that participation of their country – triple Olympiad winners – would not be possible. However the Minister of Sports of Azerbaijan guaranteed that the Armenian players will receive visas at the airport.
The venue of the 42nd Chess Olympiad is Baku's Crystal Hall, an indoor arena
built in 2012 and located on the coast of Baku. The hall can hold 25,000 spectators.
Baku Crystal Hall (Baki Kristal Zali) at night
The budget for the Olympiad is 13.3 million Euros. Some 6.8 million Euros are set aside for the first-class accommodation for the players and delegates. Another one million Euros go to the FIDE Commission for World Championships & Olympiads and intellectual rights.
Presentation of the Olympiad logo at the closing ceremony of last year's FIDE World Cup in Baku