How do the different groups view the Olympic Venues?
The main user groups of the Olympic venues include the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the host city’s Organizing Committee (OCOG), security, the athletes, the media, and the spectators. Each group has a separate and distinct association with the different venues.
International Olympic Committee
The IOC serves as overseer for the entire Olympic Games. It is important to note that the IOC is not responsible for the completion of the venues or the delivery of the Olympic Games; that is the task of the OCOG. The IOC, along with the International Federations, provides guidance and input to the OCOG to support the development of the venues. They review the designs and approaches to verify that they will meet the needs of the Olympic overlay. On behalf of the IOC, the venue plays host to the dignitaries and athletes from the countries in attendance. Separate, secure seating areas are provided with adjacent areas for food and beverage.
Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games
The Organizing Committee has the daunting task of hosting the Olympic Games and begins by determining the requirements necessary for each venue. Review and analysis of existing venues, proposed new venues and temporary accommodations are intertwined to minimize costs and maximize event exposure. Consulting with the IOC and International Federations, talking with past Olympic cities and establishing individual venue coordinators helps to streamline the design and procurement process. Even though the Olympics are awarded seven years in advance, the complexity of integrating all of the needs requires a focused effort in order to maintain a tight schedule.
Security at the Olympic venues is very controlled. This group must protect those in attendance from unsafe conditions. An incident could adversely affect the perception of the Games. The venue is divided into secure sectors with limited access for each user group. Temporary fencing, walls and personnel, provide separation. The security staff also provides an environment that is conducive for the competitors to concentrate on their events by minimizing distractions.
The athletes come to the venue expecting safe facilities that enable them to perform at their full potential, to have the opportunity to set records and to win. The provision of proper warm-up facilities, check-in procedures and support facilities should allow for a fluid process to reduce unnecessary stress.
Ticket entry points to Olympic Stadium.