Media centre for 2014 World Cup in Brazil to be located in Rio de Janeiro
By The Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO — The International Broadcast Center for the 2014 World Cup will be located in Rio de Janeiro, FIFA said Friday.
Rio won the right over Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, and Brasilia, the nation's capital.
FIFA said Rio was chosen because of its "quality of infrastructure" and "variety of accommodation."
"I can tell you it was a very difficult decision," FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said in a statement. "All candidates were of great quality and showed huge commitment. But unfortunately there can only be one selected host and we considered that the best overall for FIFA was Rio de Janeiro."
Rio is set to host the World Cup final at Maracana stadium, while Sao Paulo and Brasilia are two of the cities vying for the opening match three years from now.
The media centre will be located at the Riocentro complex, which accommodated the press centre and some competitions during the 2007 Pan American Games.
"This IBC will be one of the most advanced information centres in the world for the months of June and July 2014," Valcke said. "It is a vital component, linking the FIFA World Cup to the rest of the world and ensuring that people across the globe have the latest and best coverage of our beautiful game."
FIFA said 179 broadcasters from more than 70 countries had onsite productions with 13,000 staff members during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Brazil will be hosting the World Cup for the first time since 1950.