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Work is continuing at a fast pace in Barra da Tijuca, which will be the heart of the Rio 2016 Games. Besides hosting the Olympic Park, the region will also be home to a number of other key facilities, such as the Olympic and Paralympic Village, the Main Press Centre (MPC), the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), Barra Media Village and the Athletes’ Park. (Photo Gallery: check out the construction progress)
Competitions spanning 20 Olympic and 12 Paralympic disciplines will take place in Barra. They will be held at the Olympic Park’s nine competition venues, plus the four sports pavilions at Riocentro and the Olympic Golf Course. Read on to find out the current status of each venue and the next steps to be taken in preparing for the events:
Rio Olympic Arena: built for the 2007 Pan American Games, it will host the three Olympic gymnastics disciplines (artistic, rhythmic and trampoline) and wheelchair basketball at the Paralympic Games. It is built and ready for action.
Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre: will host diving and synchronised swimming during the Olympic Games. Having been used for the 2007 Pan American Games, it is undergoing some minor adjustments for the Rio 2016 Games.
Olympic Tennis Centre: 16 courts will be built on a nine-hectare site, with capacity for up to 18,000 spectators. After the Games, the main show courts will remain as an important legacy for top-level sports in Brazil. The venue will host the Olympic tennis championships and the Paralympic wheelchair tennis and 5-a-side football competitions. Construction work began in October 2013, with building site installation, earthworks and execution of foundations, and is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2015.
Olympic Halls 1, 2, 3 and 4: the four Olympic Halls will be capable of accommodating up to 48,000 people and will host six Olympic sports – basketball, judo, wrestling, fencing, taekwondo and handball – and six Paralympic sports – wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, boccia, judo, sitting volleyball and goalball. Halls 1, 2 and 3 will be permanent and will form part of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC) after the Games. Construction began in July 2013 and will be concluded in the second half of next year. Construction of Hall 4, which will have its structure converted into four schools in the end of the event, will begin this year; it will be ready in the second half of 2015.
Rio Olympic Velodrome: this venue will host track cycling at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and track para-cycling at the Paralympic Games, and it will be capable of accommodating nearly 6,000 people. Construction began in February 2014 and the velodrome will be ready in the second half of 2015.
IBC/MPC: the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC) will occupy a site covering more than 100,000m2 inside the Olympic Park. It will be the base for the press and broadcast media to cover the Games. Building work started in October 2013 and will be completed in the second half of 2015.
Pavilions 2, 3, 4 and 6: the city’s leading exhibition and convention centre will have four sports pavilions during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than 25,000 people will be able to watch Olympic weightlifting, table tennis, badminton and boxing there, as well as Paralympic powerlifting and table tennis.
Olympic Golf Course: able to accommodate 25,000 spectators, this course will host golf’s return to the Olympic Games after an absence of 112 years. Work on the site began in April 2013 and is scheduled for completion in 2015. After the Games it will become Brazil’s first international tournament standard public golf course.
Olympic and Paralympic Village
This facility will comprise 31 buildings, each with 17 floors, providing a total of 10,064 bedrooms. Building work started in November 2010. All the foundations are now in place and three buildings have been completed so far. The work will be finished by the end of 2015.
This 250,000m2 site has been transformed into a park, which will function as a recreation area and official athlete training venue for the Rio 2016 Games. Delivered in 2011, it has already hosted a number of major events, including two editions of ‘Rock in Rio’.