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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2000-08-28

General Sydney Information
By Robert Hanashiro

The 5,400 accredited press and photographers will enjoy a Games headquarters close to 14 of the 28 sports, including Athletics and Aquatics, and only four kilometres from the Media Village. SOCOG is committed to providing not only an efficient, secure and comfortable workplace for the exclusive use of the accredited press, but also an environment which will give our overseas visitors a lasting impression of Australia and the host city, Sydney.

The location, planning and layout of the Main Press Centre is regarded as essential to the success of the Sydney Olympic Games. MPC management, learning from the first-hand experience of previous Games, will be introducing a number of innovations which it hopes will make reporting of the Games easier and therefore more enjoyable for the international press corps. us immediately!

The MPC will be housed in six large pavilions and two temporary outdoor structures, all on one level and spread over more than 35,000 square metres in Sydney Olympic Park (SOP).

While it is within easy walking distance of a number of the competition venues, a regular media bus shuttle service on the loop road around SOP will also be provided with dedicated media entry points.

The MPC's location, 15 kilometres from the heart of Sydney and well away from local shops and restaurants, means that it needs a wide range of support services.

A retail shopping mall in the Main Lobby will incorporate the Main Help Desk, Message Centre, Newsdesk, a general store, bank, international newsstand, express mail centre, laundry service, photo processing shop, travel agent, pharmacy and official Games merchandise store. This mall-style environment will also feature shop windows for the Olympic Museum, the Paralympic Games, the Olympic Arts Festival and SOCOG's Environment Program.

In addition, the lobby will have a small cafe and will lead into the main food and drink facility. This will include a food court for 600 (guaranteeing fast service and offering a widerange of international cuisine at reasonable prices), a separate comfortable bar, an Australian-style barbecue area and a quality restaurant with table service. One of the MPC's innovations will be a radically redesigned Press Room, next to the Main Lobby, which will provide seating for at least 800. It will be sub-divided into small work clusters, each with a television console focusing on a particular sport and with access to sport-specific information. Adjacent to the press room will be a state-of-the-art Research and Information Centre.

The MPC will also have photographic services consolidated in one area, combining the Kodak Imaging Centre, the Canon and Nikon camera repair and loan centres and the Photo Transport System office. The Press Conference Centre will feature an 800-seat facility plus five other smaller conference rooms. Broadcast feeds from each competition venue will be available in the MPC as well as Olympic news, information, quotes and results on INFO and in hard copy.

More than 11,000 square metres will be available as rented office space for press organizations. Located in one of the pavilions reserved for these offices will be a one-stop centralized Service Centre which will provide help with technology, Press Rate Card orders, freight shipping and building services.

News organizations will be able to move into the MPC on 15 August, a month before the start of the Games. Many are building full scale news rooms for their Olympic operations.

The MPC will begin 24-hour-a-day operations on 2 September and will remain open until 4 October, three days after the Games' Closing Ceremony. After the MPC formally closes, agencies will have until 8 October to complete their move-out.

(Source: The official Sydney Organizing Committee newsletter.)


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