London Games organisers braced for biggest test yet
London 2012 organisers braced themselves for their biggest test of the Olympic Park on Wednesday while assuring spectators that airport-style security would not mean hours of queuing to get in.india Updated: May 03, 2012 00:28 IST
London 2012 organisers braced themselves for their biggest test of the Olympic Park on Wednesday while assuring spectators that airport-style security would not mean hours of queuing to get in.
Six test events are taking place at five venues over the next week with 11,000 staff, including volunteer ‘Games Makers’, learning the ropes and seeking to iron out any problems before the July 27 opening ceremony. Organisers expect more than 140,000 spectators and 3,000 competitors to attend hockey, water polo and athletics events as well as Paralympic wheelchair tennis, boccia and athletics in east London.
The crowd flow is expected to peak at 75,000 on Saturday, when the stadium hosts a university and schools athletics event and is opened by a lucky spectator with 2,012 hours to go.
Long queues to clear immigration at London’s Heathrow airport have triggered front-page headlines in recent days, with fears for the country’s image ahead of the Games, but LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton was confident that would be dealt with. “Given the publicity that this has attracted, the government and all the authorities responsible are focused on making sure that Heathrow works well at Games time,” he said.
Meanwhile, organisers expect work on temporary buildings for London 2012 concessions to be completed by early next month while sponsor areas should be finished by the beginning of July. Work by broadcasters to lay cables around the Park will be completed by mid-July.