Test events continue at Olympic Park

Test events are continuing to ensure that the Olympic Park will be ready to host London 2012.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is planning to begin a comprehensive test of the venue over the next seven days. A total of six events will be held to assess the effectiveness of ticketing, security and logistics across the Park.

A total of 11,000 staff will be employed to oversee the three Olympic and three Paralympic events – hockey, wheelchair tennis, water polo, athletics, boccia and paralympic athletics. In total, the Park will open to 140,000 spectators and 3,000 competitors during the testing.

Seb Coe, LOCOG chair, said: "We are now in the final stages of the testing programme. Testing the Olympic Park and its operations is a hugely important part of our plans.

"Over the last ten months, over 250,000 spectators have watched world-class sport as part of the 'London Prepares series' test event programme, and in doing so, every one of them is helping us deliver the best possible Games this summer."

Work at the Olympic Park has nearly been completed ahead of the start of the Games on July 27th. The final buildings are to be finished next month and the remaining cable used by broadcasters will be laid by the middle of July.

London 2012 has helped to transform 2.5 square kilometres of former industrial land and and has helped to make it into a green space that could appeal to visitors enjoying London hotel deals as well as local residents. 

The Park in east London is home to eight of the Olympic venues including the main stadium, the aquatics centre and the velodrome.

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