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London 2012 ready for a big test

HOST: The Olympic Stadium

THE LONDON Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will carry out a full scale test of the Olympic Park from 2-8 May as it delivers six final sporting test events as part of the London Prepares series.
 
During the first comprehensive operational test of the Park and general spectator areas, testing will focus on security processes, ticketing operations, mobility services and Park-wide logistics, plus venue and sport-specific testing.
 
11,000 workforce, including Games Makers, will be in operation as LOCOG deliver six major sports events in five venues over seven days - three Olympic and three Paralympic.
 
Over 140,000 spectators will watch 3,000 athletes take part in Hockey, Wheelchair Tennis, Water Polo, Athletics, Boccia and Paralympic Athletics.
 
At peak times over 60 pedestrian screening areas at Stratford Gate and 15 at Greenway Gate will allow access for a minimum of 4,000 spectators to enter the Park each day, peaking at approximately 75,000 on May 5.
 
The Olympic Stadium will host the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships and the Visa London Disability Grand Prix, supported by UK Sport, as well over 40,000 spectators on the evening of May 5 for  the ‘2012 hours to go’ event which will see the Stadium officially opened by a member of the audience.
 
The Riverbank Arena, Eton Manor and the Water Polo Arena will host their first sporting competitions; the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament, Eton Manor Wheelchair Tennis International and Visa Water Polo International, where athletes will to help test the field of play, equipment, results, scoring and timing systems and workforce training.
 
Field of play testing will also take place at the London Boccia Invitational 2012 where friends and families of the players will enjoy the competition.
 
Seb Coe, LOCOG chair said: “We are now in the final stages of the testing programme. Testing the Olympic Park and its operations is a hugely important part of our plans. 

“Over the last ten months, over 250,000 spectators have watched world-class sport as part of the 'London Prepares series' test event programme, and, in doing so, every one of them is helping us deliver the best possible Games this summer "
 

 
Test Events:
 
May 2-6 Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament, Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park.
 
May 3-6 London Para Archery International Tournament, The Royal Artillery Barracks.
 
May 3-6 Eton Manor Wheelchair Tennis International, Eton Manor, Olympic Park.
 
May 3-6 Visa Water Polo International, Water Polo Arena, Olympic Park.
 
May 4-7 BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships, Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park.
 
May 5-7 London Boccia Invitational 2012, Warm-up Arena, Basketball Arena, Olympic Park.
 
May 6: 2012 Hours to Go: An Evening of Athletics and Entertainment, Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park.
 
May 8 Visa London Disability Athletics Challenge, Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park.

May 9 Sainbury’s School Games, Olmypic Stadium, Velodrome, Aquatics Centre, Basketball Arena
 
 

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