Final London 2012 Test Events

Athletics, Boccia, Para-Archery and Wheelchair Tennis will be tested between 3 and 8 May in London 02 May 2012
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“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."

The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will carry out a full scale test of the Olympic Park from 2-8 May as it delivers six final sporting test events as part of the London Prepares series.

During the first comprehensive operational test of the Park and general spectator areas, testing will focus on security processes, ticketing operations, mobility services and Park-wide logistics, plus venue and sport-specific testing.

More than 11,000 workforce, including Games Makers, will be in operation as LOCOG deliver six major sports events in five venues over seven days, three of which are Paralympic test events including Athletics, Boccia and Wheelchair Tennis.

Eton Manor will host its first sporting event with the Eton Manor Wheelchair Tennis International. Paralympic gold medallists Peter Norfolk and Esther Vergeer will take part in the tournament, which takes place from 3-6 May.

The Basketball Arena will host the London Boccia Invitational 2012 from 5-7 May, welcoming athletes from ten different countries.

The Olympic Stadium will host the Visa London Disability Grand Prix on 8 May, supported by UK Sport. More than 200 athletes will be competing including British medal hopefuls David Weir and Hannah Cockroft.

At peak times over 60 Pedestrian Screening Areas at Stratford Gate and 15 at Greenway Gate will allow access for a minimum of 4,000 spectators to enter the Park each day, peaking at approximately 75,000 on Saturday 5 May.

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 10 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 "

Debbie Jevans, LOCOG Director of Sport, said: “When this final group of events is delivered we will have carried out 42 test events in 12 months, across 28 venues, which is one of the most comprehensive testing programmes for an Olympic and Paralympic Games. The coming days are the big final test of our Olympic Park operations and sporting venues and also our workforce, who have been excellent throughout all of the events.”

The Olympic Park is at its busiest as preparation for the Games continue. While delivering test events, work continues on temporary installation for London 2012 concessions and buildings due to be completed in early June, while sponsors complete their own installations including showcasing areas by early July. A large amount of work by broadcasters to cable around the Park will be completed by mid July, to ensure the general public get the best quality TV coverage of the Games, and landscaping and dressing the Park with flags and banners will continue right up until Games time.

The Olympic Park will also play host to the final day of the Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games for 1,600 school-aged elite athletes in four different Park venues watched by around 35,000 spectators.

Outside of the Olympic Park, the London Para Archery International Tournament at The Royal Artillery Barracks will run from 3-6 May. The world-class event will enable testing of the venue ahead of the Paralympics and will also play a role in helping LOCOG’s test of running multiple events simultaneously.

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