POSTED: October 28th 2008

Madrid has designs on the media

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, Mayor of Madrid / Image: Madrid 2016
Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, Mayor of Madrid / Image: Madrid 2016

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The Madrid bid team has approved a state-of-the-art media village plan to make its bid more media-friendly for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. At least 5,000 journalists are expected to be covering the Games.

A contest launched by the Madrid College of Architects and the City Hall led to the selection of a pentagon-shaped design plan ahead of the 18 other contenders, all of which were seeking to design a lasting venue which will transform easily into a business facility once the 2016 Games are over.

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, Mayor of Madrid, said: “We want to commit to providing the best working conditions for all the journalists coming to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We also want them to experience the city and tell the story of how Madrid has become the open and innovative city of which we all feel proud.

“It is the more advanced bid. Nearly all the Olympic infrastructures are already built, in construction or ready to be be developed. That is why Madrid is the safest choice.”

The complex will include both the Main Press Centre and International Broadcast Centre and has been designed to resemble a floral pattern of daisies from an aerial perspective.

Keywords · Madrid 2016 · state-of-the-art media village · 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics · Madrid College of Architects and the City Hall · Mr Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon · Main Press Centre · International Broadcast Centre

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