The Olympic Games are all about bringing people together and this year the London 2012 Games is sure to be one of the most spectacular yet. Those fortunate to have secured tickets to the main events are in for a real treat, however, that does not mean the rest of us cannot get amongst the action and excitement. The Olympic organisers have teamed up with the BBC, British Airways and British Telecom (BT) to show all the Olympic and Paralympic Games events for free on big screens at various state-of-the-art entertainment sites across London.
Park Live at Olympic Park
Situated in the Olympic Park in East London, Park Live is a grass amphitheatre and picnic area providing space for up to 10,000 spectators to watch the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on a 14-metre-tall double-sided screen. Open from early morning until late in the evening, Park Live will allow fans to enjoy live BBC coverage of all the sporting action from the Olympic Park on the big screens whilst listening to the cheers from the nearby stadiums. If coming to Park Live, make sure to check out the British Airways Stage, which will welcome athletes and other famous guests.
BT London Live
BT London Live is a series of events that will allow everyone without a ticket to the London 2012 Games the chance to watch the Olympic and Paralympic Games on big screens and enjoy incredible free entertainment at specific London locations. The main sites are Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square, where locals and visitors will be able to watch the sporting events on giant screens, try out different sports, and enjoy live music performances and family entertainment. The events are a collaboration between the Mayor of London, The Royal Parks and The London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Hyde Park – Friday 27th July to Sunday 12th August
Just a few steps from Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park is the most famous and loved park in London. This park will be hosting four giant screens, covering the Olympic Games, as well as offering cultural entertainment and live music performances. Entrance is free from Saturday 28th July to Saturday 11th August, however spaces are limited. To not miss out, purchase a Guaranteed Entry Ticket for the day(s) you wish to go. The ticket provides guaranteed entry before 2pm, after which long queues are possible. A maximum of 4 tickets can be booked per transaction for a total of £3.50.
Hyde Park is also the location for the Opening and Closing Ceremony Celebration Concerts:
Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert – Friday 27th July (4pm to 12.30am), featuring Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Paolo Nutini and Duran Duran. Tickets: General Admission £66 / VIP £219-375.
Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert – Sunday 12th August (2.30pm to 12.30am), featuring Blur, New Order and The Specials. Tickets: General Admission Sold out / VIP £293-348.
Other events and activities in Hyde Park during the Games include a Have-A-Go Sports Zone allowing you to try football, tennis, lacrosse and many other sports, and a special performance by Tom Jones on the Main Stage, Saturday 28th July.
Victoria Park – Friday 27th July to Sunday 12th August
With two giant screens and various smaller ones, Victoria Park is likely to be one of the liveliest places to watch live coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the Olympic Games. The park is situated in the east part of London, just a short walk from the brand new Olympic Park. Open daily from 11am, in addition to watching the Games, visitors can take part in numerous events, including the Have-A-Go Sports Zone and Cultural Experiences from around the world. Furthermore, the Victoria Park Stage will host performances by DJ Norman Jay and jazz artist Courtney Pine, amongst others.
For extreme-sports lovers, Victoria Park will also have a 320-metre zip-line (aerial runway) travelling high above the park, bungee trampolines and a 55m BT Observation Wheel providing unbeatable views of the Olympic Stadium and London cityscape.
Finally, located in Victoria Park will be one of the largest London 2012 retail stores, perfect for anyone who wants to purchase an official London 2012 souvenir.
Entrance is free to Victoria Park, but, like Hyde Park, the capacity is limited so purchase your Guaranteed Entry Tickets in advance.
Trafalgar Square – Wednesday 29th August to Sunday 9th September
In the heart of London and just moments from Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square is going to be a hive of activity during the Paralympic Games. A huge 60m sq. screen will broadcast events from 11am to 11.30pm. Access to the area is free of charge and live music events are planned for each evening.
There are additional London Live Sites at Potter’s Field, Waltham Forest and Woolwich, which will be screening events for both the Olympic Games (Friday 27th July to Sunday 12th August) and Paralympic Games (Wednesday 29th August to Sunday 9th September).
Other Big Screen Locations in the UK
You don’t have to be in England’s capital city either to enjoy all the Olympic and Paralympic Games action. Outside of London there are a total of 22 cities across the UK that will become ‘Live Sites’ and make the Games accessible to everyone. Visit the BBC Bigscreen website for more information and to find the closest Big Screen to you.
Community Live Sites
In addition to the Olympic Park, London Live Sites and BBC Big Screens across the UK, a host of local authorities across the UK are setting up temporary ‘Live Sites’ to give everyone the opportunity of watching the Olympic and Paralympic Games in style and for free. For details of locations and operating hours, visit the Live Sites – Community Live Sites section of London2012.com.