First London 2012 venue opens its doors

With a month to go until the start of the London 2012 Games, one of the key venues of the event has been officially opened.

The Main Press Centre (MPC) will be the base for the world's media during the course of the Games and provide state-of-the-art facilities for around 6,000 press and photographers.

Covering 31,000 square feet and spread across four floors, the MPC will also be home for staff working for the International Olympic Committee and London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).

LOCOG chair Seb Coe said: "Like the athletes competing at London 2012, the world's writers and photographers who will be based in the MPC are at the top of their profession. We will offer them state of the art facilities so they can tell the extraordinary stories that will come out of the Games.

"This is our first venue to open for business and we are ready to welcome the world's media as they come and set up their office."

The MPC will be open to the media for a total of 52 days as all the world's attention turns to London for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Meanwhile, Tower Bridge has been getting into the London 2012 spirit with its own set of Olympic rings. The iconic landmark was decorated with the unique structure that weights three tonnes in a special ceremony that was watched by Seb Coe and the London mayor Boris Johnson.

Visitors staying at central London hotels will be able to see the Olympic Rings in all their glory, especially at night when they will be the subject of their own light show complete with changing colours.

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