The first group of commissions for the London 2012 Festival has been announced, featuring leading artists from around the world. The finale of the Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Festival will comprise a 12-week UK-wide cultural celebration that opens on June 21st 2012, Midsummer’s Day.
Over 400 representatives from UK businesses have met in London to seek advice on how best to prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Focused on transport plans for the capital, the conference was the first part of an information campaign to help ensure both businesses and visitors can make informed travel choices during the Games.
A new bridge has been lifted into place linking the Olympic Park to local areas in Hackney and Waltham Forest. During the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the new bridge will be the main route into the Olympic Park for spectators arriving at the Northern Spectator Mall.
The International Olympic Committee has reported that “preparations are advancing at an astonishing rate” following the latest Coordination Commission visit to London. During the three-day visit, the Commission, led by Chairman Denis Oswald, received updates on the progress made since its last visit in July, and visited a number of venues, including Wembley Arena.
IOC coordination commission chairman Denis Oswald has visited the London 2012 Velodrome as work is completed on the timber cycling track. The 6,000-seat venue – which will host the Olympic and Paralympic Track Cycling events - remains on target to be the first Olympic Park venue to be completed, early next year.
London 2012 Olympic officials have been keen to point out the excellent progress being made at the mountain biking venue today, with some of key features of the course now in place. The venue – located at Hadleigh Farm in Essex - covers a 550 acre site, encompassing farmland owned by the Salvation Army and the adjacent Country Park.
The London 2012 Organising Committee has revealed the ticket pricing structure for the upcoming Olympic Games. While some 2.5 million tickets will be priced at £20 or under, the most valuable tickets will retail for over £100.
Preparations for the London 2012 Olympics are continuing apace, with the latest official figures suggesting over 10,000 people are presently employed on site. Ahead of the official opening of the games World Mobi has launched its latest city guide, offering travellers up to the minute information on visiting London.
West Ham United has seen its bid to move into the London 2012 Olympic Stadium boosted by an official endorsement from UK Athletics. The Premier League side is hoping to takeover the stadium in a joint bid with Newham Council and entertainment group Live Nation.
London mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed the Olympic Park will reopen as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2013, after a phased transformation. The future use of the Olympic Stadium, however, remains in doubt – with over 200 proposals for potential uses for the site put forward.
The European Tour Operators Association has warned London hoteliers they could be left empty handed during the 2012 Olympics unless they modify their expectations. By pushing up prices ahead of the event operators could reduce demand from conventional tourists creating a shortfall in revenue.
With the countdown standing at 680-days-to-go the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games has issued a call for volunteers to help ensure the event runs smoothly. Some 70,000 volunteers are being sought to take up the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.