Well... yeah. Wembley's being reserved for the bigger games (oh, if we're going in for childishness - NYAH NYAH) so venues around the country were always in the running to host the first matches. Manchester's competitors for the opportunity are Hampden Park (also more likely to be held back for bigger games), an unsponsored-for-the-Games St James's Park and a venue in the Midlands which is so prestgious, it hasn't even been decided on yet. But this is a chance for we Londoners to show our magnanimous side to our Northern brethren, and sanctimoniously remind them the Games is for all the UK, not just for us hummus-eating southern softies.
First Action Of Olympics Likely To Be Outside London
Last Updated 18 November 2009