The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has announced the cities where Sochi 2014 Live Sites will be organized for the Olympic Winter Games. These celebrations feature screenings of the Olympics, enabling thousands of people across Russia to celebrate together the victory of their favorite athletes. There will be more than 15 locations in addition to Sochi, including Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Krasnoyarsk, Voronezh, Krasnodar, Tyumen, Tambov and Khanty-Mansiysk.
Live Sites is a project designed to expand the Olympic celebrations and make the Sochi 2014 Winter Games an accessible "live" event for those around the country. Guests visiting the Sochi 2014 Live Sites will have the opportunity to view Games broadcasts, as well as music and entertainment, sports, performances by athletes and urban creative groups, and participate in educational programs for children and students. Most importantly, the celebratory atmosphere will engage people of all ages.
Live Sites in Sochi will be located in the city center, Adler, Dagomys, Lazarevskoye and the main square at Rosa Khutor. The Live Sites in Sochi will be located near the Seaport and on the Medals Plaza in the Olympic Park, where athlete awards ceremonies will take place.
From February 7 to 22, 2014, prominent regional musical groups from around the whole Russia will perform at the Medals Plaza in Sochi.
Notes to the Editor
The Olympic Live Sites are a relatively recent initiative from the IOC, and have developed gradually since their debut at the Games in Sidney. To date, the following cities have taken part in organizing them: Sidney (2000), Salt Lake City (2002), Turin (2006), Beijing (2008), Vancouver (2010) and London (2012).
At the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the main Live Site for the Olympics drew up to 35,000 people each day, and London attracted up to 75,000 people each day to the main International Live Site. As a result of the 2012 Summer Games, more than 1.2 million people visited Olympic Live Sites and 16 venues were in operation.
In 2012, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee for the first time in the history of the Olympic movement received from the International Olympic Committee the right to hold public broadcast of the Olympic Games outside the country of their staging. This was done at Live Sites venues in Sochi, the first of which opened in July 27, 2012 on the eve of the Games in London and will run until the end of the Games in Sochi. In future, all Live Sites can be used for mass urban events.