Main Press Centre Opens For Business
The Main Press Centre (MPC) for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games opened for business today – 12 January – as it prepares to welcome around 2,800 accredited members of the print and photographic press. The MPC, along with the Whistler Media Centre, will be the focal point of written news distribution to the world, as the best winter athletes compete on the ice rinks and slopes of British Columbia.
Around The World
The MPC will provide the world’s media with all of the technical and informational systems that they require in order to cover the Vancouver Games in the best possible manner. Linked to the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), which will host some 7,000 accredited broadcasters, it will see news and images sent around the globe on a 24-hour basis at Games time. The media are an essential part of bringing the Games to life and giving the sporting heroes of the event the place that they deserve in the public eye, and with the MPC, they will have everything that they need in order to do those sports men and women justice.
The MPC is situated in the Canada Place Complex, which was originally established to be the Canadian Pavilion at the Expo 86 World’s Fair. With its iconic white roof, resembling an ocean liner under full sail, the Complex is not just used for conventions, but is also one of the main ports of call for cruise liners on Canada’s west coast.
Vancouver and Whistler will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010 and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010. The seven Winter Olympic sports that will be on show in Vancouver are luge, skiing, skating, ice hockey, biathlon, bobsleigh and curling.