With the Main Press Center having their soft opening today, press check in officially got underway at 10:00 AM. With a long line and having opened a few minutes early, two computers were down and a laptop had been pulled out to check people in. This resulted in one line to check in on the lap top and two lines where check in was done via pen and paper.
A number of members of the press were confused about the location and time of the check in, showing up at various desks inside the Main Press Center trying to check in. One such desk was the desk outside the offices of the IPC and the information desk in the main press area. This situation was further complicated because registration for the Paralympic Village tour was at the same time and place as press check in. To get service at this desk, people had to be pulled away from checking media in.
Press check in is when journalists typically get their backpack, their photo vest, information packets and give their e-mail addresses to be put on the mailing list to get news and updates from the local organizing committee. The kit this time also included free headphones, and a password to access to the MyInfo+ system.
The check in disorganization comes on the heals of other issues involving venue access and the transportation network.