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Olympic Stadium to host evening of entertainment

Around 40,000 people will be given the opportunity to join famous faces, celebrities and sports stars on Saturday 5 May.

Olympic Stadium London The Olympic Stadium is the venue for Athletics at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. © • Getty Images
By LOCOG

“This is a great opportunity for people to experience the venue that will take centre stage this summer. As well as a great evening of entertainment, this will be an invaluable test and another warm-up event for the Olympic Stadium.”

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has announced that the Olympic Stadium will host an evening of entertainment on Saturday 5 May.

Tickets for the event will go on sale from 10am on Thursday 15 March priced at £20 and £10 (concessions) available from: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/londonpreparesseries

The special ticketed event called ‘2012 Hours to Go: An Evening of Athletics and Entertainment’, will follow on from the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships taking place in the Stadium on the same day.

As members of the public arrive at the Stadium at 7.00pm, they will watch the final hour of the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships’ evening session where competitors will join the ranks of previous BUCS champions including Perri Shakes-Drayton, Dai Greene and Hannah England. The evening session will also include a series of UK Athletics Invitational events featuring some of Britain's best athletes who will be aiming for a place in Team GB this summer.

After the athletics has finished, a celebrity host will be joined by famous faces including Olympians and Paralympians for a series of stunts, games, challenges and prizes. The 40,000 strong-audience will be narrowed down to one lucky winner who will be brought into the middle of the Stadium to officially open the venue.

Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “This is a great opportunity for people to experience the venue that will take centre stage this summer. As well as a great evening of entertainment, this will be an invaluable test and another warm-up event for the Olympic Stadium.”

Information on the host, celebrities, schedule and prizes for the evening will be released in the coming weeks.