Green light for London 2012 temporary venues

Olympic officials have been given the go ahead to build temporary facilities at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich and North Greenwich Arena (The 02) for the London 2012 Games.

Green light for London 2012 temporary venues
Green light for London 2012 temporary venues

Greenwich council last night (17 February) approved plans that will see several temporary indoor and open-air ranges and seating stands built at the Royal Artillery Barracks and Woolwich Common, as well as a range of temporary works at the North Greenwich Arena (The O2).

The Royal Artillery Barracks will host the Olympic and Paralympic shooting and archery events, while North Greenwich Arena will host artistic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics and the basketball finals, followed by wheelchair basketball.

Work on the sites will begin early next year.

The Evening Standard also reported today that Olympic chiefs are planning 60 open-air viewing areas, or ‘live sites', around the country for fans to watch the Games in 2012 due to their success in Vancouver.

Locog representative Bill Morris told the paper: "The sites have been heaving. It gives people the chance to get involved in the atmosphere. There's magic going on - even in the pouring rain people are turning out in their thousands."

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