A guide to the 2012 London Olympics venues

Preparations for the 2012 London Olympics are in full swing and the biggest sporting spectacle to hit the UK in recent years is only a few months away. If you were one of the lucky applicants to be successful in the ticket ballot, then read on to find out about the many venues to be used throughout the games.

Olympic Park

The Olympic Park is a purpose built sports and recreation complex situated in East London. Once an industrial wasteland, in addition to the sports arenas, the wildlife rich area has been expertly transformed into an Athlete’s Village, made up of gardens, markets, cafés, bars and restaurants. The main stadium is the brand new Olympic Stadium, an arena capable of holding up to 80,000 spectators. Other arenas in the Olympic Park include the Aquatics Centre, Basketball Arena, BMX Track, Eton Manor (tennis), Handball Arena, Hockey Centre, Velodrome and Water Polo Arena.

Venues across London

In addition to the Olympic Park, numerous existing London venues are to be utilised during the games. Many of these are historical venues that are recognised in all corners of the globe. Among others to be used are Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon, Lords Cricket Ground, Hyde Park and Earls Court.

Other venues in the UK

To make the games accessible to everyone the 2012 London Olympics is not restricted to London. Events will take place the full length of the UK, thus granting everyone the chance to be involved. Other venues include Brands Hatch motor racing circuit, the football stadiums of Old Trafford and St James’ Park, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Scotland’s Hampden Park and Weymouth Bay.

To find out more about the venues visit www.london2012.com.

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