During the championships from early June to mid-July 2016, the International Broadcast Center at the Porte de Versailles in Paris was home to thousands of journalists and reporters from all around the world. It was from this 17,000 m2 facility that they reported on the 51 matches of UEFA EURO 2016.TM Pictures and sound from the ten stadiums across France were received here, ready to be broadcast all around the globe.
Among those behind the scenes ensuring everything ran smoothly at the IBC were staff from DB Schenker. The company was responsible for the IBC event logistics at the exhibition center site, including transport of furniture and technical equipment. For 22 broadcasting companies that made their way to Paris from every corner of the world, the service team also organized transport of equipment to each broadcaster's allocated area in the IBC and arranged storage of the transport packaging materials.
Cables for ten stadiums and the IBC
Making sure that live images from the ten stadiums around France made it to the viewers was a titanic technical undertaking. In early April, still some two months before UEFA EURO 2016 kicked off, teams began laying cables in the ten match venues and in the IBC. The sports venues were fitted with an average of 200 km of cables each. DB Schenker looked after the logistics for this project.
Images from the European Championships dominated newspaper and magazine front covers for over a month. This was made possible by a service by Canon and Nikon. The camera makers lent the necessary equipment to professional photographers during the 51 matches. Five DB SCHENKERsportsevents trucks were on hand for the "venue-to-venue" logistics. They served two stadiums each – Bordeaux and Toulouse, for example, or Paris and Saint-Denis. The trucks covered a total of 21,000 kilometers between the 51 games at UEFA EURO 2016.
Venue-to-venue logistics - Or from Paris to Rio
The event logistics continued even after the tournament itself had finished. The final whistle marked the start of the biggest logistical challenge for the DB Schenker staff. That same night, they began the dismantling work, with a window of just four days to empty the IBC ready for handover. Many broadcasters' equipment then traveled straight to Rio for the Olympic Games. DB Schenker offered broadcasters a direct airport transfer to Frankfurt, from where the company sent much of the expensive broadcasting technology on its way to the Sugarloaf Mountain by air freight.