16 March, 2011
Britain's Top 10 Olympic Sites
Olympic Park, East London
The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics may still be a little way away, but work is well under way at the Olympic park in East London. The site includes an 80,000 seat Olympic stadium, an aquatics centre and a velodrome.
Weymouth & Portland Harbour, Dorset
Will be the venue for the 2012 sailing and Paralympic sailing competitions. Weymouth and Portland Harbour provides some of the best natural sailing waters in Britain and during the Games you’ll be able to watch the action for free.
Horse Guards Parade, London
Beach volley ball comes to 10 Downing Street! That’s right – the high-energy beach sport will take place on Horse Guards Parade, the parade ground for the Queen’s bodyguards that’s next door to the Prime Minister’s house.
Football stadiums, UK-wide
The London 2012 football competitions will be held at stadiums throughout the country. Catch the games at Hampden Park in Glasgow; Millennium Stadium in Cardiff; Old Trafford in Manchester; St James’ Park in Newcastle; Villa Park in Birmingham and Wembley Stadium in London, where the finals will take place.
Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
Lord’s Cricket Ground in North West London will be transformed into an archery range for 2012. Crowds of 6,500 will enjoy the competition with two fields of play inside the stadium.
Hyde Park, London
Will host the triathlon course in 2012. Triathlon is among the fastest-growing individual sports in the UK, and thousands of people will line the route to spectate for free during the races.
North Greenwich Arena, London
You probably know the North Greenwich Arena as the O2 Arena. During the Games, it will seat 20,000 spectators for the basketball final and 16,500 for the gymnastics. Outside the Olympics, this huge dome by the Thames hosts pop concerts and is home to the British Music Experience, the interactive, immersive celebration of UK pop.
Lee Valley White Water Centre, London
The White Water Centre that will host the London 2012 Olympic canoe slalom competition opens to the public on 22 April. It’s the only brand new London 2012 venue that non-Olympic competitors will be able to use before the Games.
Will be used for the tennis competition at the 2012 Games. Up to 30,000 people will be able to watch the players compete. The sacred turf of Wimbledon’s Centre Court has seen some of the greatest tennis matches ever played.
Greenwich Park, London
Will host the Olympic and Paralympic equestrian competitions, plus the combined running and shooting event of the modern pentathlon. The park has got to have one of the best-looking riverside locations in London and is home to the Royal Observatory, the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World, making it the official starting point for each new day and year.