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Mapping out the Olympics

Although the focus of the 2012 Olympics is in east London, the Games are taking place in locations all over the country. Drapers highlights the hotspots.

The 32,500-capacity Ricoh Arena in Coventry will host Olympic football matches. In addition, the city has been confirmed as a London 2012 Live Site venue - a giant screen will be installed at Coventry Transport Museum in the city centre to show coverage.

Rowing and Paralympic rowing will take place at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre situated in a 400-acre park
near to both Windsor and Slough. The facility has a 30,000 capacity.

Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire will host canoe events. It holds up to 12,000 spectators.

The Salvation Army-owned Hadleigh Farm in Essex will host the mountain bike competition.

The Olympic Park is located in Stratford, east London, but visitors to the Games will travel all over the city for sporting events being held at Wembley, Wimbledon, Lord’s cricket ground, Earls Court, Hyde Park, Greenwich, The O2, ExCel, Horse Guards Parade and The Royal Artillery Barracks.

Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour are hosting the Olympic and Paralympic sailing competitions. The organisers are still reviewing how to handle spectators for these events, with the possibility of free Live Sites, cliff observation points, ticketed venues with TV coverage and commentary and spectator boats.

In the heart of Cardiff, the Millennium Stadium will host Olympic football, with nearly 75,000 spectators able to view each game played there. Cardiff also has a Live Site at The Hayes.

The Trafford Centre should hopefully benefit from the Olympic football games played at Manchester United’s ground, Old Trafford. The 76,000-capacity stadium is also only a few miles from Manchester city centre, where there is a Live Site venue for Olympic fans to watch sporting events on a giant screen in Exchange Square.

Glasgow’s Hampden Park will host Olympic football in the 52,000-seat stadium, only a few miles south of Glasgow city centre.

Centrally situated in the city, Newcastle United Football Club will host Olympic football. Club owner and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley should be looking to make the most of the Olympics.

Olympic Live Sites

Big screens have been erected at urban sites around the country to show coverage of the sporting events.

Screens are already in place at the following sites, and more are likely to be erected before the Games begin.

Birmingham Victoria Square

Bradford Centenary Square

Bristol Millennium Square, Waterfront

Cardiff The Hayes

Derby Market Place

Dover Market Square

Edinburgh Festival Square

Leeds Millennium Square

Leicester Humberstone Gate

Liverpool Clayton Square

Manchester Exchange Square

Middlesbrough Centre Square

Norwich Chapelfield Shopping Centre

Plymouth Armada Way

Portsmouth Guildhall Square

Swansea Castle Square

Swindon Wharf Green

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