Construction on the Media Village for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games has officially begun in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
With the ceremonial laying of the first stone this week, the Media Village will be part of the infrastructure of the mountain cluster, one of two clusters where all of Sochi 2014 Games’ operations will be grouped.
Financed by Games General Partner Sberbank, the Media Village will be able to accommodate more than two thousand journalists from across the world who will cover the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The media centre, which will include a press conference suite, studios and offices for media representatives, will also be located here.
President and CEO of Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko said: “Generating the widest possible coverage of the event’s progress is a key goal for us. We are striving for Sochi 2014 to become a symbol of Russia’s openness to the entire world. We will be glad to welcome journalists from all over the world to watch as events unfold in Sochi.”
The Media Village is being built according to “green” standards, using environmentally-friendly building materials and will incorporate energy- and resource-saving technology.
After the Games, the village will become one of the centres of sporting and cultural life in the surrounding holiday resort of Sochi. It will include a town for pedestrians, which will also have an Orthodox church, a Museum of Modern History and a scale model of ancient Olympia.
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games will take place from 7-16 March 2014.