'Henman Hill' Confirmed For London 2012 Olympic Park
Thursday 3rd May 2012
A 'Henman Hill' style area - or more like 'Halsall Hill', 'Pendleton Park', 'Dai Greene Fields, or 'Weir's Way' - will be created in the Olympic Park during the Games for ticketholders to watch other events on a big screen, London 2012 has confirmed.
'Park Live' will be open throughout the day and have space available for 10,000 spectators to sit, watch and have picnics. It'll be set in the centre of the wetland bowl, within the newly created 250 acre parklands, which provides new green space for people and wildlife as well as spectacular views of the Olympic venues and London landmarks.
It'll mean anyone with a sporting ticket for any Olympic Park venue will be able to stay in the park, not just going in and out for their specific session. Each venue ticket will have a different 'gates open' time on it so not everyone turns up at the same time! The London organising Committee has also re-iterated its intention to let some people into the Olympic Park without sporting tickets - but won't say how many, the cost or how they'll be available.
A LOCOG spokesman told LBC 97.3 "tickets will have a 'gates open' time, spectators can come in anytime after that and stay on the park after their competition has finished. We will manage access to Park Live during peak periods if it reaches capacity, spectators will have access to a range of other areas and entertainment across the Park. We've modelled crowd flows and capacity and that's one of the things we're testing this week."
2012 Chair Seb Coe said "Our plans for Park Live will create a green and colourful place for fans to cheer their heroes and soak up the Olympic Park atmosphere. With lush lawns surrounded by wildflower meadows and rustling reeds, a trip to Park Live will be a truly unforgettable experience."
Transport for London's told LBC 97.3 it was consulted on the plans as it could impact on just how many people descend on Stratford at the end of the day. It won't be just spectators from venues leaving but up to thousands more who may have been in the Park since breakfast time.
"Stratford station has been designed and built to deal with those kind of numbers" a TFL spokesman told LBC's Olympics Correspondent John Cushing. "People will still be staggering their journeys and not all leaving at the same and with extended late running of the Underground during the Games we're confident."
Alongside live sporting action, Park Live will feature a host of activity including live entertainment, short films on the creation of the parklands and visits from Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Up to 1,000 dedicated British Airways staff will welcome hundreds of thousands of spectators to Park Live during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with up to 100 staff on hand to help at any one time. BA is the official airline of London 2012.