The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup International Broadcast Centre (IBC) has finally packed up after 107 days located in the heart of Sydney Olympic Park at Sydney Showground.
Over a fifty-four-day period from May to July, Sydney Showground worked alongside FIFA to transform Halls 5 and 6 into a broadcast production and telecommunications hub for the Tournament.
In total, 2.5km of temporary walls were erected and about 15km of power cables were installed, in addition to three types of power utilised for Broadcast technical, Broadcast Domestic and Venue Domestic use.
Sydney Showground general manager Darryl Jeffrey says the departure ends an exciting chapter of Australia’s sporting history.
“The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup has been an incredible event for Australia, and as a venue, it has been an absolute honour to be a part of its journey and legacy,” Jeffrey said.
“The execution of the International Broadcast Centre was no easy feat. It pushed us as a venue to ensure we were delivering the highest quality of service for FIFA over the 107-day lease while also executing surrounding events for key clients.
“FIFA, the host broadcaster and wider team essentially built an information technology city, completely transforming Halls 5 and 6 into a home for the renowned organisation in Australia.
“Due to the importance of the broadcast coverage, power sources had to be unbreakable and internet consistent to run 24/7 during their operational period. External air conditioning was installed to ensure equipment was kept cool, and an internal café was built and managed to ensure staff had the sustenance required.
“It was a huge execution but such an achievement for both the FIFA team and our venue. I couldn’t be prouder of the way our team executed each task and came to every challenge with a can-do attitude.”