As has become habitual at recent Olympiads, the IBC and the MPC will be on the same site, forming MEDIA CITY, an existing
light industrial sites en route to the city. The two facilities will have the advantage of sharing a series of services: parking
areas, transport and doorman services, bars and restaurants, travel agencies, banks, shops, health care and others facilitating
the work and comfort of the media, as well as immediate access to Olympic Village and Cape Town Grand Central Station.
The public transport system, offering high mobility and swiftness, ensures easy access to these facilities, as well as
connections to competition sites and training facilities via the upgraded Cape Town Grand Central Station and the Media City
Olympic Station. A dedicated shuttle bus and train service will reach the city within a 3 minutes, the Eastern Cluster in
7 minutes and will be available to all media persons and spectators with ease. Media City will be less than ten minutes from
the Olympic Park using the dedicated media bus shuttle service.
|Media City site plan
A proposed "Olympic Spear" Line, a high speed bullet train capable of transporting spectators and media officials
alike from the Eastern Cluster and Media Village to Media City and the City Centre in less than ten minutes will be constructed.
The link will be maintained after the Olympic Games and be extended to the Bellville Station capable of transporting 250,000
commuters daily,quickly ,safely and comfortably. The new rail line will consist of 4 planned dedicated Olympic Lines and 3
existing rail lines which will be upgraded to meet the increased capacity of commuters and to more than meet the transport
requirements by the IOC.
The International Broadcast Centre
The International Broadcast Centre, will have total available space of around 65 000 square metres. This includes the
central connection joining the areas of Media City. The IBC will be ample to cope with the Media Requirements and is able
to be expanded if the need arises. The IBC is the world TV centre during the Olympic Games. Cape Town proposes facilities
capable of comfortably housing the approximately 15 000 accredited broadcasters with specially designed areas:
1. Office and technical area for the Olympic Radio and Television Organization, including booking offices, broadcasting,
signal distribution centre, commentator line switching centre, archive zone, operations and signal quality control centre
and parabolic aerial park.
2. Studio and control area for TV networks with broadcasting rights. As the halls are designed as the venues for fairs
and exhibitions, the modular nature required in the construction of the studios will be easily resolved, as power, fibre optic
and data transmission points will already be wired and distributed in network form. Specific lorry access has already been
provided for, moreover, facilitating the work of interior construction. A large area will be provided as the main entrance
to the IBC and MPC, and will serve as a transport intermodal changing facility, providing immediate access to the other Olympic
areas, as well as to the city centre and principal hotels. The entire IBC perimeter will be easy to isolate, enabling adequate
access controls to be installed. Thanks to its flexible structure, with high roofs and infrastructure adapted for telecommunications,
the IBC is ideal for housing the accredited media. The technical project is currently being drawn up, whilst construction
work, starting in 2016, will be completed by 2019.