OLYMPIC REVIEW 47LONDON 2012 VENUESNorth Greenwich ArenaNorth Greenwich Arena sits on the point of the Greenwich peninsula, right on the Meridian Line. It is just across the Thames from the mouth of the River Lea, which flows through the Olympic Park. It will host artistic gymnastics, trampoline and basketball finals.Royal Artillery BarracksThe London port of Woolwich has a long military history and the construction of the current Royal Artillery Barracks buildings began in 1776. Four temporary indoor ranges for pistol and rifle shooting have been built, together with outdoor shotgun ranges for trap and skeet events. Temporary spectator grandstands will be erected at each shooting range.Wembley ArenaOpened in 1934, Wembley Arena is a flagship live music and sport venue, which will host the badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.Wembley Stadium Wembley Stadium is in northwest London, around six miles from the city centre, and comes complete with a sliding roof to protect against inclement weather. The site that hosted the 1948 Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies now boasts a stadium with a capacity of 90,000 and will host events in both the men's and women's football competition, including the gold medal matches.WimbledonThe tennis competition during London 2012 will be held on the venerable grass courts of the All England Club in Wimbledon, which already has its own Olympic history, having staged the tennis competition when London first hosted the Olympic Games in 1908. The venue is the home of the Wimbledon Championships - one of the four Grand Slam tennis events - which were first held in 1877.Rest Of BritainCity of Coventry Stadium, Coventry The stadium was built in 2005 and is home to Coventry City football club, currently in the second tier of English Football. Coventry has also been confirmed as a London 2012 Live Site venue, which will see a big screen installed at Coventry Transport Museum in the city centre.Eton Dorney, EtonIn full view of Windsor Castle, the royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Eton Dorney will be the venue for rowing and canoe sprint events during the London 2012 Games. Hadleigh Farm, EssexThe terrain of the mountain bike course is hilly with open grassland covered by low shrubbery. The site offers some fantastic gradients for mountain biking and great viewing opportunities for spectators. The course is set against the backdrop of the 700-year-old ruins of Hadleigh Castle.Hampden Park, GlasgowHampden Park is home to Scotland's national football team. It recently underwent a GBP70 million refurbishment and is now rated as a five-star venue.Lee Valley White Water Centre, HertfordshireThe Lee Valley White Water Centre, located in Hertfordshire, 30km north of the Olympic Park, will host the canoe slalom competition. Approximately 15 cubic metres of water per second will flow into the 300m competition course - enough to fill a 50m swimming pool every minute.Millennium Stadium, CardiffOpened in 1999, the Millennium Stadium is located on the banks of the River Taff, right in the heart of Cardiff, the Welsh capital. It has the honour of hosting the very first event of the Olympic Games, as the women's football starts on 25 July. It will also host the men's bronze medal football match.Old Trafford, ManchesterThe 'Theatre of Dreams' is home to Manchester United football club. It first opened in 1910 and recently expanded to close to 76,000 seats, making it the second largest football ground in the UK (after London's Wembley Stadium).St James' ParkHome of Newcastle United football club, St James' Park is the oldest and - with a capacity of 52,387 - largest football stadium in the North East of England.Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour Weymouth and Portland provide some of the best natural sailing waters in the UK, with facilities on land to match. The site has already hosted numerous international sailing events, including the 2006 ISAF World Youth Championships, in which over 60 nations competed.
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