here are some more details on the POL August 29 - September 9, 2012
Estimated Number of Countries: 150 +
Estimated Number of Athletes & Officials: 4,200
Number of Sports: 21
1.5 million tickets will be available to the public
Estimated 70,000 volunteers are needed to help the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games run smoothly.
For the first time since 2000, the 2012 Paralympic Games will allow athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete.
There are a combined 140 athletes (88 men, 52 women) competing in the event. The Paralympic Games Archery competition consists of Standing and Wheelchair events for both individuals and teams.
Events in Athletics will be held at the Olympic Stadium. Paralympic Athletics features more events and competitors than any other sport in the Paralympic program. The Olympic Stadium will be located in the south of the Olympic Park on an ‘island’ site, surrounded by waterways on three sides. Spectators will reach the venue via five bridges that link the site to the surrounding area. The Olympic Stadium will have a capacity of 80 000 during the Games: 25 000 permanent seats in its permanent lower tier and a lightweight steel and concrete upper tier holding a further 55 000 spectators. A 20 m high 'wrap' will encircle the Stadium’s upper tier. Its innovative design means the upper tier can be dismantled after the Games .
Events in Boccia will be held at ExCel. ExCel London is located near London City Airport in east London’s Royal Victoria Dock. There is no construction needed to create ExCeL’s four arenas. Test events will be held in the year before London 2012 to ensure the venue will be ready to stage the Games.
Cycling - Road
Regent’s Park will provide the setting for the finish of the Road Cycling events of the 2012 Games. The Road Cycling course will take in some of London’s premier locations, including Hampstead Heath, before reaching its conclusion in Regent’s Park in front of 3 000 seated spectators. There will also be a large number of viewing opportunities as the competitors speed around the course. Temporary seats will be built in June 2012 for spectators to watch the finish of the races.
Cycling - Track
VeloPark is located in the north end of the Olympic Park and will host Track Cycling. The Velodrome’s concrete lower tier will have 3 500 seats located around the track. A further 2 500 seats will be suspended in two upper tiers within the two curves of the venue’s roof. In between the lower concrete tiers and upper tiers there will be a glass wall, giving spectators a 360-degree view across the Olympic Park and allowing people outside the venue to see the sporting action taking place inside. Construction of the Velodrome began in 2009 and will be completed in 2011.
Greenwich Park will host the Equestrian events and is located on the south bank of the River Thames in southeast London. The site is accessible by rail at two corners of the Park. Mainline trains and the Docklands Light Railway make it easy to get to and from central London and other London 2012 venues. A temporary main arena for 23 000 spectators will be built in 2012 within the grounds of the National Maritime Museum.
Football 5-a-Side and Football 7-a-Side
The temporary Hockey Centre located in the Olympic Park will have two separate pitches with spectator seating, providing facilities suitable for Field Hockey during the Olympic Games and Paralympic 5-a-side and 7-a-side Football. The venue will be finished in 2011, in time for test events to take place before the Games. The main competition pitch will have a capacity of 15 000 and the second pitch will have seating of 5 000 to ensure that smaller matches also have an excellent atmosphere created by a capacity crowd.
The events in Goalball will be held at the Handball Arena in the west of the Olympic Park. The Handball Arena will feature more than 3 000 m2 of external copper cladding – mostly recycled – to give it a distinctive appearance that will develop a rich natural colour as it ages. Spectators will enter directly onto the concourse level that encircles the building. This concourse level is glazed, which will enable visitors to the Olympic Park to view the event, and illuminate the venue when lit at night. The arena will seat 7 000 spectators. The arena is currently under construction and will be completed by 2011.
Events in Judo will be held at ExCel. ExCel London is located near London City Airport in east London’s Royal Victoria Dock. There is no construction needed to create ExCeL’s four arenas. Test events will be held in the year before London 2012 to ensure the venue will be ready to stage the Games.
Events in Powerlifting will be held at the multi-sport venue ExCel. Modern Paralympic Powerlifting brings together athletes with a range of disabilities, with exacting and very strict competition similar to the able-bodied version, but with athletes lying on their backs without feet on the floor.
The events in Rowing will be held at Eton Dorney Rowing Centre, which is near London Castle and approximately 40 kilometres west of London. Eton Dorney is set in a 162 hectare park with a nature conservation area. The venue’s existing facilities have been enhanced to provide improved facilities for athlete warm-up and other events during the Games. All races are held over a 1 000 m course. The venue seats up to 30 000 spectators and construction was completed in 2010.
Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour will be the venue for Paralympic sailing. The venue is a combination of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and the adjoining commercial marina, in Dorset on England’s south coast. Work to enhance the sailing facilities at Weymouth and Portland has been completed. The enhancements to the existing WPNSA facilities include a new permanent 250 m slipway and new lifting and mooring facilities. The project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule, providing world-class facilities for elite athletes and the local community more than three year before the Games.
Paralympic Shooting will take place at the Royal Artillery Barracks. The venue can hold 7 500 spectators and is located on the edge of Woolwich Common in southeast London, close to the World Heritage Site of Greenwich Park. Four temporary indoor ranges for Pistol and Rifle Shooting will be built together with outdoor shotgun ranges for Trap and Skeet events. Temporary spectator grandstands will be provided at each shooting range. Construction of the temporary shooting ranges will begin and be completed by 2011.
The Swimming events will take place at the Aquatic Centre located in the southeast corner of the Olympic Park. The Aquatics Centre will be the ‘gateway’ to the Olympic Park, with more than two-thirds of spectators expected to enter the Olympic Park over a vast bridge that runs over the top of part of the venue. The venue was designed by acclaimed international architect Zaha Hadid. It features a spectacular wave-like roof that is 160 m long and up to 80 m wide, giving it a longer single span than Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The majority of spectators will be seated in two temporary wings that will be taken down after the Games. It will have a 50 m competition pool, a 25 m competition diving pool, a 50 m warm-up pool and a ‘dry’ warm-up area for divers. The venue can seat 17 000 spectators. Construction of the Aquatics centre began two months early in 2008 and will be completed in 2011.
Para Table Tennis
The events in table tennis will take place at ExCel. ExCel London is located near London City Airport in east London’s Royal Victoria Dock. There is no construction needed to create ExCeL’s four arenas. Table Tennis is played on a 2.75 m (~9 ft) by 1.525 m (~5 ft) table, divided in half by a net.
Events in Sitting Volleyball will be held at the multi-sport venue ExCel. ExCel London is located near London City Airport in east London’s Royal Victoria Dock. There is no construction needed to create ExCeL’s four arenas.
The Wheelchair Basketball events will take place in the Basketball Arena. The Basketball Arena for the London 2012 Games will be one of the largest-ever temporary venues built for any Games. During the Games it will be located in the north of the Olympic Park. Following the Wheelchair Basketball competition, there will be just 12 hours to get ready for Wheelchair Rugby. The arena will hold 10 000 spectators. Construction began in 2009 and will be completed in 2011.
The events in Wheelchair Fencing will take place at ExCel. ExCel London is located near London City Airport in east London’s Royal Victoria Dock. There is no construction needed to create ExCeL’s four arenas.
The events will take place in Basketball Arena. The Basketball Arena will be one of the largest-ever temporary venues built for any Games. During the Games it will be located in the north of the Olympic Park. Following the Wheelchair Basketball competition there will be just 12 hours to get ready for Wheelchair Rugby. The arena will hold 10 000 spectators. Construction began in 2009 and will be completed in 2011.
The events in Wheelchair Tennis will take place in Eton Manor in the north of the Olympic Park. There will be nine competition courts and four warm-up courts. The total of 10 500 seats for spectators will include a 5 000 seat show court. Construction work will start in 2010 and will be completed in 2012.