OLYMPIC REVIEW 4510. Aquatics Centre All the pools in the venue have moveable floors and booms to allow greater flexibility of use by swimmers of all abilities from the local community once the Games have finished.6. Basketball ArenaOne of the largest temporary venues built for a Games. Parts of the arena will be reused elsewhere in the UK when the Games end.7. BMX TrackUsed for the first time during the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. After the Games, it will be reconfigured to form part of a new VeloPark.8. Olympic VillageThe Olympic Village consists of 2,818 new apartments built in 11 residential plots, along with shops, restaurants, medical, media and leisure facilities. It also includes a 'Village Plaza' where athletes can meet with friends and family. After the Games, the Village will create a lasting legacy of essential new housing for east London, boasting new parks, transport links, and community facilities.9. Water Polo ArenaThe 5,000-seater venue will be easily distinguishable to visitors by its silver-coloured wrap roof, made from recyclable plastic.LONDON 2012 VENUES
Above The Mall will provide the finish line for the cycling road races and the marathons Below Lord's Cricket Ground will stage archery eventsRight The Lee Valley White Water Centre will host the canoe slalom events46 OLYMPIC REVIEW LONDON 2012 VENUESRest Of LondonEarls Court Earls Court has been transformed into a volleyball arena ready for the Games. From exhibitions and conferences to live music, Earls Court holds hundreds of events each year. It first opened its doors in 1937, at the time providing an unprecedented 40,000 square metres of exhibition space.ExCeLExCeL is an existing exhibition and conference centre in London's Docklands in the east of the city. Its five arenas will host seven Olympic sports (table tennis, judo, wrestling, fencing, taekwondo, boxing and weightlifting).Greenwich ParkLondon's oldest Royal Park dates back to 1433 and has been a World Heritage Site since 1997, with the Royal Observatory and the Greenwich meridian both lying within the park. During London 2012, the park will host the Olympic equestrian competitions, plus the combined running and shooting event of the modern pentathlon, with the city's financial district providing a stunning backdrop.Hampton Court PalaceThe cycling time trial will take place on the roads around the stunning Hampton Court Palace, formerly home to many British monarchs, including Henry VIII. Hyde ParkSpectators in Hyde Park will enjoy a grandstand view of the finishing area for the London 2012 triathlon, with many thousands more able to watch as the athletes swim, cycle and run on the course. The largest of London's Royal Parks, Hyde Park has been open to the public since 1637. Lord's Cricket GroundLord's is the home ground of the Marylebone Cricket Club and Middlesex County Cricket Club. It has been a venue for top-class cricket since 1814 and regularly hosts international matches. It will host the Olympic archery competition during London 2012. The MallThe Mall, which runs from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square, was created as a ceremonial route in the early 20th century. To this day, it remains a popular backdrop for formal ceremonies and major sporting events, such as the London Marathon. The Olympic marathons and the Olympic cycling road races will start and finish here, with thousands of fans expected to line the route.The palace is also home to the oldest surviving real tennis court in England, one of fewer than 50 real tennis courts in the world.Horse Guards ParadeHorse Guards Parade lies at the heart of Whitehall - the political centre of the UK. It is close to Downing Street and a short walk across St James's Park from Buckingham Palace. The Parade dates from 1745 and takes its name from the soldiers who have provided protection for the British monarch since 1660. The beach volleyball competitions will take place here.