2012 Olympic Venues
During London 2012, there are three main areas that will host the sporting events; The Olympic Park, the London venues and the Out of London venues.
The Olympic Park
The hub of the whole Olympic experience, the Olympic Park developed in Stratford, includes the Aquatic Centre, the Basketball Arena, the BMX Circuit, Eton Manor ( a purpose built Wheelchair Tennis venue), The Handball Area, The Hockey Centre, The Velodrome, The Water Polo Arena and of course The Olympic Stadium where all the showcase athletics events will unfold.
The London Venues
Outside of the Olympic Park, but still within the auspices of Greater London, there are nine other sporting facilities. Earl’s Court will host the volleyball, ExCel near London’s City airport will house boxing, fencing, table tennis, martial arts and some paralympic events and Greenwich Park whose grounds will be the backdrop for equestrian events. Horse Guards Palace will be the unlikely home of beach volleyball, with the triathlon based in Hyde Park, and Archery enjoying the hallowed turf of Lord’s Cricket ground. The Millenium Stadium, or North Greenwich Arena as it will be known, will finally be of some use as the home for the Olympic gymnasts and trampolinists with the Royal Artillery Barracks a most appropriate host for the shooting. Naturally Wembley, as the home of football will host the football competition and Wimbledon will open its gates to welcome the tennis players.
Out Of London Venues
Whilst the majority of events are taking place in the capital there are inevitably some sports whose demands are so specialist that they can only be accommodated in the regions. Eton Dorney, near Windsor will be the destination for the rowers and canoeists where Team GB will be hoping to build on the reputation of Sir Steven Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pincent and 30 km north of London the Lee Valley White Water Centre will draw crowds of up to 12,000 for the canoeing. The sailing events will take place further afield on the Dorset Coast in Weymouth and Portland.
Hamden Park, The Millennium Stadium, St James’ Park and Old Trafford will all constitute venues for the football competition, wishing that 2012 had been a dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup.
Find out more about some of the features of the London 2012 Olympics: