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competitors will walk into packed arenas for qualifying rounds as well as finals. Decathletes will enjoy a full stadium for their morning 100m heats on the first day of action, and hockey and handball players will play early-round games in front of full stands.The Olympic Park in east London is expected to be buzzing from early morning until late evening. The Park, just a seven-minute train ride from central London, has been built on land that only seven years ago was covered with abandoned factories and scrap yards. The biggest urban park to be built in Europe for 150 years has been developed in a part of the city that desperately needed regeneration. It is now full of waterways that have been renovated as well as landscaped gardens.The new venues in the Park include the 80,000-seater main Olympic Stadium for the ceremonies and athletics, the Velodrome and BMX track, the Aquatics Centre, the International Broadcast Centre and Main Media Centre. All of these are permanent venues and will leave London with the best sports facilities in its history.The Park also has temporary venues for basketball, handball, hockey and water polo. In addition, it boasts a huge sculpture and tower called "The Orbit", with a 115-metre high observation deck where spectators can enjoy a spectacular view of the Park. After the Games, a new Olympic Museum will also be built near the tower.Left (top) Up to 10,000 fans at a time will be able to enjoy the Games on giant screens at Park Live - a dedicated viewing and picnic area in the newly created parklands in the Olympic ParkLeft (bottom)Olympic venues such as the Velodrome have already hosted major events, including the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in FebruaryRight 5,000 people took part in the Olympic Park fun run on 31 MarchBut the Games are also going to other parts of the capital. The equestrian events will take place in one of the sport's most impressive settings ever - Greenwich Park. It boasts the Prime Meridian line, where the eastern and western hemispheres meet, as well as spectacular views of the River Thames and the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf - London's main financial district.The sports will also take place in key tourist attractions. A beach volleyball arena is being built at Horse Guards Parade, close to Buckingham Palace, the home of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen's annual Trooping of the Colour event takes place every year on the Parade ground to celebrate her birthday. The Mall, which runs from Buckingham Palace down past the venue to Trafalgar Square, will also stage the start and finish of the Olympic marathons and the cycling road races. The triathlon races will be based around Hyde Park, right next to London's famous Knightsbridge shopping district.Some of London's most well-known sporting venues are also being used for Olympic action. Lord's, the home of cricket, will stage the archery events and the grass courts of Wimbledon will host the tennis competitions. The North Greenwich Arena, formerly known as the Millennium Dome, will host the gymnastics and basketball finals. ?OLYMPIC REVIEW 35LONDON 2012

The streets around all of these venues will be dressed with London 2012's bright colours - pinks, purples, blues and oranges. But the capital has also given every borough colourful banners and flags with Olympic rings and pictograms and a budget to give their squares and streets an Olympic feel - even if they are not hosting any sports. The idea is to make every Londoner a part of the Games. Cultural and entertainment festivals linked to the Games will take place in boroughs a long way from the venues, as well as on the South Bank of the Thames, where some of the city's concert halls and theatres are located.The Games would not happen without volunteers and this is where the "Games Makers" play a key role. London 2012 has recruited around 70,000 people to help ensure the Games run smoothly.Special emphasis has been placed on their sport-related experience. So the volunteers at the rowing at Eton Dorney, for example, will include many people from rowing clubs. Organisers have also recruited thousands of people from the capital's diverse ethnic communities who speak different languages.The 2012 volunteers will be easy to spot in uniforms inspired by the red of the Grenadier Guards and a regal purple. "The streets around the venues will be dressed with London 2012's bright colours. The capital has also given every borough colourful banners and flags with Olympic rings to give their streets an Olympic feel - even if they are not hosting any sport. The idea is to make every Londoner a part of the Games"36 OLYMPIC REVIEW LONDON 2012