Here you will find complete information regarding all the venues, which will be hosting different games during London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
London Olympic Venues
As poet Silent Dogwood said about London, "Never a dull moment, Never a quiet one, Not here where people are running, Always running." Certainly, this summer there will neither be dull moments nor the quite ones as the city of London will be hosting 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad from the 27July to 12 August 2012. With this the city of fog and love, as it is often called, will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games thrice, having previously hosted in 1908 and in 1948. London won the bid to host the 2012 summer Olympics on July 6, 2005, during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, beating Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris, after four rounds of voting.
2012 Olympic Games
During the 2012 London Olympics, 26 Olympic sports and 20 Paralympic sports will be played in 34 and 21 venues respectively. As many as 10,500 Olympic athletes and 4,200 Paralympic athletes will participate in different sports. More than 9 million tickets will be available for the spectators to witness the most magnificent sporting event on the earth. 20,000 media personnel will be there to report each second to the spectators across the globe.
During the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games some new venues, some existing and historic facilities, and few temporary facilities will be used. Most of the venues have been divided into three different zones within Greater London namely the River Zone the Olympic Zone, and the Central Zone.
The river zone features four important venues namely Excel, Greenwich Park, The North Greenwich arena (the O2 arena) and The Royal Artillery Barracks.
- Excel will host Olympics sports of Fencing, Boxing, Judo, Taekwondo, Weightlifting, Table tennis, Wrestling and the Paralympic sports of Judo, Boccia, Powerlifting, Wheelchair fencing, Table tennis, and Volleyball (sitting).
- The Greenwich will host Olympic Games of Equestrian, Modern Pentathlon (riding, running) and the Paralympic Games of Equestrian.
- The North Greenwich arena is due to host Basketball (final), Gymnastics (artistic, trampolining) of Olympic sports and Wheelchair Basketball of Paralympic sports.
- The Royal Artillery Barracks will be the venue for the Olympic sports of Modern Pentathlon (shooting), Shooting and Paralympic Sports of Archery, Shooting.
The Olympic zone encompasses all the facilities lying within the vast 500 acres space of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. The park includes the arenas such as The Aquatics Center, the Basketball Arena, The BMX Circuit, Eton Manor, The Copper Box, London Velodrome, Riverbank Arena, The Olympic Stadium and lastly The Water Polo Arena.
- The Aquatics Center will be hosting the Olympic Games of Diving, Modern Pentathlon (swimming), Synchronized Swimming and Swimming and also the Paralympic Games of Swimming.
- In the Basketball Arena Olympic games of Basketball, Handball (medal round) and Paralympic games of Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Basketball are due to be played here.
- BMX Circuit will be hosting the BMX Cycling.
- Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis will be played at Eton Manor.
- The Olympic games of Modern Pentathlon (fencing), Fencing, Handball and the Paralympic games of Goalball will be played at Copper Box.
- The majestic London Velodrome will be hosting the track cycling of both Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- The Olympic Field Hockey matches are due to be played at the Riverbank Arena. This arena will also be hosting five-a-side and seven-a-aside Paralympic Football matches.
- Athletics matches for both Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the opening and the closing ceremonies will be held at the Olympic Stadium.
- The Olympic matches of Water Polo will be played at the Water Polo Arena.
The Central Zone is formed out of all the remaining venues lying within Greater London. These venues are widely spread across central and west London. The venues that lie under the Central zone are,
- All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club where the tennis matches for the 2012 London Olympics will be played.
- Earls Court Exhibition Centre which will be the venue for the indoor Volleyball matches.
- Horse Guards Parade which will host the Beach Volleyball matches.
- Hyde Park which is due to host Triathlon and Swimming (marathon).
- Lord's Cricket Ground which will be hosting Archery.
- Marathon Course which will be the venue for Athletics (marathon).
- Regent's Park which is due to host Cycling (road).
- Wembley Arena where Badminton, Gymnastics (rhythmic) will be held.
- Lastly the Wembley Stadium where the final match of Football will be played.
Outside Greater London
Apart from these, there are venues that, by necessity, are outside the boundaries of Greater London. These venues are,
- Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy due to host both Olympic and Paralympic Sailing events.
- Lee Valley White Water Centre which will be hosting Canoeing (slalom) during the 2012 London Olympics.
- Dorney Lake is the venue for Olympic Games for Canoeing (sprint), Rowing and Rowing for the Paralympics.
- Hadleigh Farm is the venue where Cycling (mountain biking) will be held.
- Brands Hatch will host Paralympic Road Cycling.
The football tournament will be played at several grounds across the United Kingdom. The earlier stages will be played at venues like City of Coventry Stadium (Ricoh Arena) (Coventry), Hampden Park (Glasgow), Millennium Stadium (Cardiff) , St. James' Park (Sports Direct Arena) (Newcastle upon Tyne) and old Trafford (Manchester). The final match of football of 2012 London Olympics will be played at Wembley Stadium as mentioned before.
Choose the venues for your favorite sports from the list and plan your visit to London 2012 Olympic or Paralympic Games accordingly.