With one month to go, Sochi 2014 opens Main Media Centre
With exactly one month to go until the start of Russia's first ever Olympic Winter Games, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has announced the opening of the Main Media Centre for the Games.
The two-story Media Centre, which is located close to the Olympic Park in Sochi, has a total area of over 158,000sqm and, along with the nearby media hotel, occupies an area of 20 hectares – seven times the size of Moscow's Red Square.
During the Games, the facility – which incorporates both the International Broadcasting Centre and the Main Press Centre – will welcome more than 2,000 representatives of international and Russian media accredited to cover the Games, as well as more than 6,000 television and radio broadcasters from more than 70 countries around the world.
“The Main Media Centre has all the conditions for media and broadcasting representatives from around the world for convenient operation,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, the President of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee. “This unique building is located within walking distance of all the sports venues in the Olympic Park, which will enable them to fully immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Olympic Games in Sochi. I am confident that the Media Centre will become a truly hospitable home for all those who will be working here during the Games.”
Inside the Main Media Centre, the operations room features 500 workspaces for journalists, as well as 100 for photographers, while there are also four halls for press conferences, each named after a famous Russian writer – Pushkin (465 spaces), Tolstoy (220), Dostoevsky (140), and Chekhov (50).
Other facilities available for members of the media include a bank, post office, pharmacy, laundry and dry cleaning services, a supermarket, a Sochi 2014 licensed store, a gym and food courts, as well as a McDonald's restaurant.
During the Games, members of the media will be able to walk to the farthest venue in the Coastal Cluster in less than 10 minutes, while the media shuttle can deliver passengers from the Coastal to the Mountain Cluster in as little as 40 minutes.
In the Mountain Cluster, the Gorki Media Centre – which is due to open on 24 January – is expected to welcome around 500 press representatives and approximately 4,000 television and radio broadcasters during the Games.
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