Main Press Centre Opens One Month before the Olympic Winter Games begin
PyeongChang, January 9 – The Main Press Centre (MPC) for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games opened today as the Organizing Committee celebrates the one-month-to-go milestone!
The MPC will be home to over 2,900 accredited media from around the world that will descend on PyeongChang in the coming weeks. It will be open from 8am to 11pm from today until January 29 as organisations set-up their offices and make themselves at home in the host city. From January 30, 24-hour operations will begin until February 26 to ensure media can meet their deadlines and work in a safe, warm and serviced environment as they share their stories around the world.
The complex consists of three buildings in Alpensia Resort with two existing buildings being used to house MPC1 (Alpensia Convention Hall), and MPC2 (Alpensia Concert Hall). MPC 3, which is home to the 33 media offices, nine NOCs and future Olympic Organizing Committees, IOC media office, IOC ticketing desk, rate card office and a media lounge, is a temporary structure just behind the Convention Centre.
MPC1 is the biggest facility across three floors and includes press and photo workrooms, three press conference rooms, the main help desk, news desk, photo service centre and lounge areas. MPC2 houses the main press conference room which can hold up to 500 people. Media dining is catered for in MPC1 with a variety of options while MPC3 has a coffee and snack outlet provided.
LEE Hee-beom, President of PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee said, “With one month to go until the opening ceremony, we are delighted to open the Main Press Centre today and we are ready to welcome to world’s media as they start to join us over the coming weeks.
“International and local media are very important to the success of PyeongChang 2018. They tell the stories of the Games to the world and celebrate their Olympic and Paralympic heroes for all to see. They help us reach new audiences across their channels showing everyone, whether through words or imagery, all the action excitement from PyeongChang. We thank them for their support and hope they will all feel at home in the MPC during the Games.”
Along with the Main Press Centre, the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), which was handed over to the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) back in June, officially opened its doors today. It sits just across the road from the MPC in Alpensia Resort and will house more than 50 broadcasting companies and more than 8,000 personnel.