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German LOC moves into headquarters in Berlin

After working for over five years in Frankfurt, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) is now moving into its headquarters for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

As of this Wednesday, 24 May, the combined FIFA/LOC office complex in Budapester Strasse in Berlin will be fully operational.

The FIFA World Cup's organisational headquarters up until 11 July will be spread over three buildings – the Hotel InterContinental, the Trigon office building right next door and the Dorint Sofitel Schweizerhof hotel opposite.

Local Organising Committee general coordinator Heinz Palme and his team will have 8,900m2 at their disposal and have set up 365 work spaces and meeting rooms – enough for almost 400 employees from all around the world. It will also serve as the nerve centre for the twelve venues and the various operational units.

The first point of call in the InterContinental is the welcome desk in the lobby, which will be manned from 28 May. The desk will be the virtual front door to the FIFA/LOC headquarters, which are situated behind an event reception desk and a security control point, to keep it separate from the rest of the hotel.

The LOC offices in Frankfurt will continue to function, however, with employees from Team services, Accommodation, Travel & Event and Ticketing working there throughout the tournament.

There is also the referees' headquarters with an LOC presence in Gravenbruch near Frankfurt, while in Munich, there is the IT-Command Center, which is an operational unit set up to manage the country-wide computer network.