The huge block of the Olimpiskiy Sport Complex was visible already from the Prospekt Mira metro station, with photos of Miss Russia/Miss World Ksenia Sukhinova smilingly beckoning the world to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.
After a walk of some 450 metres I arrived at the stadium, and then the fun began! At the first entrance the militsia (police) guy at the checkpoint politely explained (in Russian) and by pointing of fingers that the Press Centre was at the next entrance. So I politely complied and joyfully trundled off in that direction, and at the second entrance the militsia guy at the checkpoint politely explained (in Russian) and by pointing of fingers that the Press Centre was at the next entrance.
Again I politely complied but now not-so-joyfully trundled off again, and actually went up hill (a construction ramp) and down vale (another ramp) until at the third entrance the militsia guy politely explained (in Russian) and by pointing of fingers that I was finally there, but I had to climb up some stairs and then walk some more until I arrive at the entrance. And finally, the New Kid arrived at the Block!
It was a easy process to collect the accreditation, after which helpful & charming Russian volunteers basically would sheperd vistors to the Info Desk and lockers for info & other materials.
The OGAE Desk has been set up, and as usual the Predictions Scoreboard was active. In the excitement of the moment I volunteered (rightly or wrongly..) to man the Desk on Wednesday morning..
What a magical thing an accreditation is- it actually cut the travel time back to the Prospekt Mira metro by 60% because now I could take shortcuts across the stadium grounds. But I expect that on 12 May (Semifinal 1) all entrances will be open to those attending, so no more merry-go-round at the Olimpiskiy Sport Complex!