Greenwich Park - a World Heritage Site, the home of Mean Time, location of the prime meridian, playground of royalty and home to countless endangered stag beetles, is all set to thunder under horses' hooves as the Park sets out to hosts the equestrian and modern pentathlon games this London Olympics 2012. This stunning venue was chosen to host the events for a slew of reasons - one prime reason being its close proximity to the Olympic Village. Doing so won't just cut down on the travel time of the players, but would also facilitate full participation too. Plus, having it as a venue nullified the need to build duplicate facilities. Also, being a popular London location, this venue is sure to attract spectators by scores and give them a chance to enjoy elite-level Equestrian events first hand. Greenwich Park will host jumping, dressage, eventing and the running and shooting event of Modern Pentathlon.
Sports Events Equestrian events - Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, Paralympic Equestrian, Modern Pentathlon
Location Greenwich Park is located on the southern bank of the River Thames in southeast London.
New or Existing New
Permanent or Temporary Temporary
Number of Events 19 Events
Greenwich Park London Olympics 2012
This London Olympics 2012, as the entire city peps up with arrangements, Greenwich Park is all set to transform itself into an extravagant equestrian facility to add on to the excitement of the 23,000 spectators. As per the construction features, a temporary Cross Country will be designed for the Park and also a temporary main arena within the grounds of the National Maritime Museum. This venue comes with a remarkable slice of history and is ideal for the spectators to indulge into their favorite sporting events. The areas used for riding measures up to 80m x 100m with the silica sand and fiber surface built on top of the raised platform with the aim to protect the park grass beneath it. Also, a 2000 seated grand stand is now ready to welcome the grand London Olympics, 2012. The Cross Country course is designed to pass through Greenwich Park, London's oldest royal park and equals up to 185 acres on the River Thames.
During The Game
When London hosts the Summer Olympics 2012, Greenwich Park will be the venue for hosting equestrian events and will also provide a platform for riding and running parts of the modern pentathlon events. A temporary main arena has been set up to accommodate 23,000 audiences and help them enjoy the equestrian and modern pentathlon events. As for the pentathlon events, a temporary Cross - Country course has been designed. The Greenwich Park will witness Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian competitions combined with running and shooting event of the modern Pentathlon.
After The Game
After the game, the place will revert back to its original state. The temporary structures built to enhance the comfort of the spectators will be brought down after the Olympic and the Paralympic Games.
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