Tokyo 2020; IBC/MPC (Tokyo Big Sight)

Photo: Martijn Giebels


Facts & Figures

  • Architect: AXS Satow
  • Year completed: 1996
  • Type: Existing
  • Floor area IBC: 40,000m2 of functional space, housing a variety of technical and administrative facilities for both Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and Rights Holding Broadcasters.
  • Post-Games use: Convention and exhibition center.
  • Other facts: The IBC is the largest broadcast centre in the world.





Photo: Martijn Giebels


This post will be regularly updated in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. View an overview of all venues here.

PyeongChang 2018; Main Press Centre opened

The Main Press Centre (MPC) for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games opened today:

London 2012; Innovation hub opens in former IBC/MPC

Plexal is Europe’s largest innovation hub, based on the 1.2 million square-foot former London Olympics Press & Broadcast centre. Over 800 technology startups and corporate innovation teams converge at Plexal to imagine, design and create connected products that improve our lives. Plexal is dedicated to providing a world-class holistic suite of business services: innovation & accelerator programmes, in-house professional services, a makers lab for rapid prototyping, entrepreneurship training, mentorship, industry-leading events and so much more.

The centre is designed by ENTIQ, best known for Level39, Innovate Finance and Cognicity.


Read more: British Silicon Valley starts up at London Olympic Park (The Times)

Rio 2016; International Broadcast Centre / Main Press Centre

Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games
Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games



International Broadcast Centre / Main Press Centre

  • Architect; Aflalo & Gasperini
  • Year completed; 2016
  • MPC
    • Built area; 77.000m2
    • Floors; 24 (17 office floors)
    • Opened 24 hours a day during the Olympics
  • IBC
    • Capacity; 10.000 journalists
    • Studios; 12, 5.000m2/each



  • Year completed; 2016
  • Capacity; 404 Rooms
  • Facilities; Swimming pool, convention centre, fitness centre and a bar

Sochi 2014; Main Media Centre opened

sochi 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.

Source: IOC [Full article]