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New International Broadcast Center for Warsaw

Facility inaugurated in time for European soccer tournament

UEFA President Michel Platini officially inaugurated the International Broadcast Center in Warsaw in the beginning of June.

Several key figures of Poland’s preparations for UEFA Euro 2012 soccer championship attended the ceremony: Polish Sports Minister Joanna Mucha, Warsaw Deputy Mayor Jacek Wojciechowicz and PL.2012 Chairman Marcin Herra.

According to the release, the new facility features more than 14,000 square meters of production and office space, and is available to over 40 broadcast partners from around the world during the UEFA Euro 2012 event, which is taking place June 8–July 1. The IBC is serving as the international nerve center of host broadcast operations.

Situated at the Expo XXI in Warsaw, the IBC is the hub of all incoming and outgoing video and audio signals via fiber optic cable or satellite from venues and all other sites. The center hosts studios for the broadcasters, commentary facilities, production facilities, but also all the digital services provided by UEFA, as well as the website. The UEFA Euro 2012 is being delivered from Poland and Ukraine to more than 200 broadcasters in the world.

More than 2,000 people are involved in host broadcast operations at the IBC, at the venues, and at other locations such as team training camps during a four-week period.