Thursday, 5 July 2012

London 2012 Olympic Main Press Centre Officially Unveiled

London 2012 Olympic Main Press Centre Officially Unveiled
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:19

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has today officially opened the Main Press Centre (MPC) which will host up to 6000 accredited press and photographic media during Games-time.

The MPC will provide 31,000 square metres of office space across four floors of workspace for journalists, photographers, accredited non-rights holding broadcasters, as well as IOC and LOCOG staff during the Games. Across the Games it will be open for 52 days with the Catering Village serving an estimated 480,000 meals and 1.6 million cups of tea over 24 hours a day.
The MPC will become a ‘home from home’ for the world’s media with state-of-the-art media facilities to ensure media can report on the Games. A 200 metre-long High Street will feature a range of shops and services including a post office and dry cleaners, pharmacy and general store.
LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe said: "Like the athletes competing at London 2012, the world’s writers and photographers who will be based in the MPC are at the top of their profession. We will offer them state of the art facilities so they can tell the extraordinary stories that will come out of the Games. This is our first venue on the Olympic Park to open for business and we are ready to welcome the world’s media as they come and set up their office."

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The Communications/Website Manager, Press & Public Affairs Section, British High Commission, David Atile, said in a statement that the MPC would provide 31,000 square metres of office space across four floors of workspace for journalists, photographers, accredited non-rights holding broadcasters, as well as IOC and LOCOG staff during the Games.

Across the Games, it will be open for 52 days, with the Catering Village serving an estimated 480,000 meals and 1.6 million cups of tea over 24 hours a day. The MPC would become a “home from home” for the world’s media with state-of-the-art media facilities to ensure the media can report on the Games.

A 200-metre-long High Street will feature a range of shops and services, including a post office and dry cleaners, pharmacy and general store. LOCOG Chair, Sebastian Coe, said: “Like the athletes competing at London 2012, the world’s writers and photographers who will be based in the MPC are at the top of their profession.

“We will offer them state-of-the-art facilities so they can tell the extraordinary stories that will come out of the Games. This is our first venue on the Olympic Park to open for business and we are ready to welcome the world’s media as they come and set up their office.”

With the sporting action a mere month away, LOCOG has also announced that spectators attending the Games would be treated to a programme of comprehensive and innovative sports presentation for the Games, including in-ear commentary, music, presenters for different sports - and a few other surprises.

The sports presentation experience for spectators is set to entertain and educate, reflecting the London 2012 vision of connecting more young people with sports. Each venue will have a tailored sports presentation programme offering different experiences best suited to sports - ensuring the spectator experience is as good as possible.

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