Victoria Park to broadcast the 2012 Olympics

Victoria Park - Photo: Ewan-M, flickr

Victoria Park has been named as one of four ‘Festival Live Sites’ across London, bringing the atmosphere of the 2012 Olympics to the heart of Tower Hamlets.

Large outdoor screens will be set up in the park to allow the crowds to watch the various sports that will be running throughout next summer.

The other sites are Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and Potter’s Field.

These free screenings of the Olympics are to be coordinated around cultural events, exhibitions and concerts which will follow unique programs according to each park.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said the live sites “will mean everyone can soak up the atmosphere and revel in the excitement of this sporting spectacular.”

Live Nation Music UK has been appointed by Tower Hamlets Council and Royal Parks to oversee the entertainment programs at each festival site.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for Londoners and the UK to show the rest of the world how to celebrate en masse and embrace the spirit of the 2012 Games,” said chief operating officer John Probyn.

Victoria Park is already well-known for its successful summer festivals, such as Lovebox, High Voltage and Field Day.

According to Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman, the park would be the perfect venue to welcome international guests, especially after its multi-million pound renovation which is due to be ready by next year.

Most of the events and live screenings taking place at Victoria Park will be free to attend. However ticket numbers may be restricted.

Tickets will need to be bought for other events, such as the opening and closing ceremonies, the final torch relay day as well as specific live music concerts.

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