Olympic officials have released further details, and a handful of CGI images, of the 10,000-spectator site that will be available to Olympic Park visitors.
Those fortunate enough to have a ticket to an event in the Olympic Park will be granted access to the site in the Parklands area, where a 14m-high, double-sided screen, stationed on a pontoon in the River Lee, will allow them to watch the action live. It’ll be open from early morning until late evening, and access will be given on a first-come, first-served basis: if it’s full when you arrive then you probably won’t be able to get in.
And if, like many people, you haven’t got Olympic tickets? Things are less clear on this point. A statement on the London 2012 website says that “LOCOG has also announced its ambition to offer general Park tickets, enabling people to come into the Olympic Park without tickets for sporting events”. Having an “ambition” to offer such tickets isn’t the same thing as confirming that they will be available, and there’s no suggestion as to the price or when they might be ready, or how people who’ve stumped up the cash might get in if the venue was already packed out.
In a highly polished quote, Lord Coe said:
“Whether it’s ‘Halsall Hill’, ‘Pistorius Park’ or ‘Dai Greene Fields’ it will create a green and colourful place for fans to cheer their heroes and soak up the Olympic Park atmosphere.”
Groan-inducing names perhaps, and the media have other, better suggestions; the Press Association incongruously favours Henman Hill while More Than The Games goes slightly more original with Hoy Hill, Ennis Elevation and Bolt Bute. But they’re all improvements on the current moniker: “Park Live Presented by British Airways.”