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Old June 22nd, 2011, 10:53 PM   #2381
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 01:05 AM   #2382
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London 2012 Olympic tickets: how to get yourself into the Olympic Park

By now you should know what London 2012 Olympic tickets you have been allocated. Locog have emailed all applicants with a note detailing the sports and sessions you paid for earlier this month.

Are you happy with what you got? On our live poll 45.48 per cent of you aren’t. A big part of this may be that your tickets aren’t on the Olympic Park.

For all the fun of going to see the beach volleyball at the Horse Guards Parade or the boxing at the ExCeL, the real buzz will be in Stratford at the Olympic Park. This is evident when you see how many tickets are left for volleyball at Earls Court. Minority sport + off-site venue = low interest.

It still may be a building site but already there’s a special feeling as you see the progress being made at all the venues. Multiply that excitement by 100 come Games-time and one begins to understand why you’re going to want to see an event here.

Second chance sales begin at 6am on Friday, June 24 for those who got no tickets, while the window for those who were successful opens on Friday, July 8. The catch is you can only apply for three sessions (and a maximum of six tickets for each one) – so you have to be smart with your applications.

So how do you get tickets to the park? The expensive, and unlikely, way is to try and snap up the few remaining athletics tickets.

According to Locog’s guide there are five sessions – involving Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis among others – with a ‘good availability’. The only problem is price. The cheapest seats are £65 with the priciest coming in at £450. The other downside is that all but one session is early in the morning – which may take away some of the excitement.

How about women’s basketball? There’s 14 sessions with ‘good’ availability on sale for the 12,000 seater (and mighty impressive) Basketball Arena. This gets you to one of the best venues on the park and often for evening sessions. Team GB recently became the first British side to win a game at the European Championships so there may even be some flag-waving opportunities.

Next up is handball. Tickets are scarce at the 7,000-seater Handball Arena – described by David Cameron as a “great venue” when he visited this year – but it moves to the Basketball Arena to accommodate more fans for the knock-out games. The majority of ‘good’ availability tickets are for August 9 – with plenty of tickets across both women’s semi-finals available (sessions HB039 and HB040).

The Hockey Centre, with its striking blue and pink pitch, should be the next venue on your radar.All along organisers have encouraged applicants to go for hockey. Last week they re-iterated the fact that, along with football, hockey had the most tickets available. If you’re desperate to go to to an event then this is your ’sure thing’. There are tickets across every price range at nine sessions – mostly for women’s games in the morning.

Finally, the synchronised swimming provides a glimmer of hope for those eager to experience the winged Aquatics Centre. There is ‘good’ avilability for 80 per cent of the sessions, with the duets final the best of the lot. These will go – so be quick.

One last word of warning. Of the 2.3 million tickets up for grabs in this ticketing phase, 1.7 million are for football. So don’t get your hopes up to high.
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Old June 25th, 2011, 03:19 AM   #2383
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Spurs fail with bid to review Olympic Stadium decision

Tottenham and Leyton Orient have had their bids for a judicial review of the Olympic Stadium decision rejected. The two London clubs contested the Olympic Park Legacy Company's verdict that West Ham and Newham Council should be the future occupants of the venue.

But Judge Mr Justice Davis told them there are no grounds for a review. Spurs and Orient said they would consider over the next few days whether to renew their applications at an oral hearing in the High Court.

The statement on the Tottenham website added: "The club continues to hold discussions with both local and national government bodies in order to seek to determine a feasible stadium solution."

After Thursday's news was announced, the Olympic Park Legacy Company said: "We are pleased with the ruling and continue to make good progress in our negotiations with the preferred bidder in order to be in a position to agree the final terms for the stadium's lease."

Newham Council, who have arranged a £40m loan to finance West Ham's move to the stadium, said: "We are continuing to focus on securing a lasting legacy for the stadium and, together with West Ham United, are progressing well with the Olympic Park Legacy Company on bringing the matter to a commercial and financial close."

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said: "We welcome today's news as a further endorsement of our strong and viable legacy vision. "We hope we can now focus all our energy and passion on delivering a fantastic multi-use Olympic Stadium for the whole nation. We were honoured to be unanimously chosen as preferred bidder by the OPLC. Their decision, after a robust and diligent process, was subsequently backed by the Mayor of London and government.

"Our vision - in partnership with the London Borough of Newham - remains for a globally-recognised destination for all, with community at its core, capable of hosting world-class sporting events, including top-level football and athletics."

Spurs had turned their attention to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, after deciding their plans for a new development at Northumberland Park next to their existing north London White Hart Lane home were not economically viable. Their plan was to rebuild the stadium without the running track and, by way of a commitment to athletics, rebuild the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace.

But east London club West Ham, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, were unanimously chosen as the preferred occupant, having proposed to reduce the stadium's capacity from 80,000 to 60,000 seats after the Olympics for use it as a multipurpose venue, retaining the running track.
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Olympic development a question for hearts or minds

The most politically charged decision of the 2012 London Games is about to be taken: a decision that will affect the social mix of the whole 513-acre Olympic Park, forever. In fact, the Olympic Delivery Authority may have decided at a meeting yesterday which of three bidders gets to buy half the Olympic village and six nearby plots to build 2000 more homes.

Judging on political merits alone, the Wellcome Trust offer is by far the favourite, say those close to the process. Judged on financial measures alone, property developer Jamie Ritblat could probably outbid the medical charity, thanks to the bottomless pockets of his Qatari backers. The $42 billion (£26.3 billion) Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa is big enough to beat them both.

So let the highest bid win? If Ritblat or Hutchison are willing to spend £500 million or more buying 1349 homes and the land for lots more, they should have the perfect right to sell or rent to anyone they like, surely? But the £14 billion charity, which donated £678 million to medical research in 2010, has a 100-year social vision rather than a 10-year financial plan.

In March, Wellcome tabled a £1 billion side-offer to buy the freehold of the entire park, not just the village and accompanying land. The charity owns £1.1 billion of rented homes in west London. Those close to the bid say this is a 100-year bet on the rising fortunes of east London. They confirm the charity will rent out all the homes and ensure that the mix of tenants reflects local society.

So here is the tricky political decision: does London want its new eastern centre shaped by purely commercial forces looking to make a 20% return over 10 years - or by a medical charity looking to provide a steady flow of research funds for ever? The heart says one thing; pointyheads in the Treasury may say another.
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The London 2012 Paralympic Games ticket prices and draft competition schedule have been released.
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Old June 28th, 2011, 04:07 PM   #2387
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Cycle to the Games from the Palace on £8m Jubilee route

A cycle route from Buckingham Palace to the Olympic Stadium is to be unveiled to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year.It is part of an £8 million, 37-mile Jubilee Greenway network that will guide spectators wishing to cycle between venues during the 2012 Games.

Its promoters hope the greenway will prevent many Olympics visitors abandoning their bikes, after it emerged that cyclists risked £200 fines if caught using the "Games lanes" on main roads between venues.

The route from the Palace takes walkers and cyclists from Hyde Park - which will host the triathlon and marathon swimming - to Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets, which will become a "live site" with action shown on giant screens, via the Regent's Canal. It then crosses the river via the Woolwich tunnel for those attending the shooting at Woolwich Arsenal or the modern pentathlon and equestrian events in Greenwich Park. The circular route returns to the Palace via the South Bank.

About 560 pavement markers made from recycled glass will be laid to show the way, and more than 400 are already in place. The route is due to be completed by September.

Jim Walker, director of the Jubilee Walkway Trust, said: "It's a network for walkers and cyclists. We need to promote it as well as the Olympic Route Network is being promoted, and make people realise there is a choice. It's clearly going to be the nicest experience you can have travelling to the Games. We have worked out there is already a route you can follow - it's not something we have had to build.

"If you go through the Royal Parks and follow the canal, you can get all the way along to Victoria Park. It's a beautiful route that connects all these sites."

Spectators with tickets will be able to travel on the seven-minute Olympic Javelin train service from St Pancras to Stratford but Mr Walker is keen to offer an alternative, especially to reduce the number who might try to drive. "The challenge is how we get that information to people when they're being given a public transport ticket," he said. "They shouldn't imagine if they are coming to London that 50 per cent of their time is going to be spent sitting in queues."
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A crane driver has died at the Olympic Village site in east London.

The man, believed to have been in his 60s, was found slumped in the exit stairwell from his crane and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Emergency services were called to the site in Stratford just after 1430 BST on Tuesday.

An Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) spokeswoman said it was unclear whether the death was due to a medical condition or related to an accident.

She said: "The sympathies of everyone at the ODA and its contractors are with this individual's family and friends at this very difficult time."

The Health and Safety Executive is due to send inspectors to the site to assist police in their investigation into the death.

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It's always a shame when these things happen but I believe that's the first death in the Olympic Park construction and that's a good record.
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They are some of the most desirable places to stay in London, sumptuously furnished to court an affluent, international clientele. For two weeks of 2012, however, they will become more desirable - and expensive - than ever.

The race to stay in the capital's top hotels for the Olympics is on. A scramble for the most coveted accommodation has begun as dozens of newly-confirmed Games ticket holders compete for a place in central London. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) has block-booked 40 per cent of all the hotels in central London - including a string of some of the best rooms in the city - for officials, sponsors and media, driving up demand for rooms.

Their share includes more than half of the five-star Dorchester and the entirety of the Firmdale Group's four boutique West End hotels, including The Soho, The Haymarket and The Covent Garden. Hoteliers, meanwhile, keen to capitalise on the rise in demand, are holding customers on long waiting lists while they consider increasing their rates.

The Dorchester, The Connaught, The Savoy, The Ritz, The Corinthia, The Landmark and The Royal Garden all plan to hold back on booking guests for the Olympic period until next month at the earliest. At the five-star Connaught, a spokesperson said the hotel would be publishing its rates for the Olympic period "towards September" but had already received more than 50 enquiries. With just over 200 rooms, demand is bound to exceed supply, but regulars may receive preferential treatment.

Many of London's premium hotels say they are already full. At Claridge's, bookings opened just two weeks ago but the 200-room hotel is already full, with "a very long waiting list", according to a spokesperson.

The Baglioni says it has sold all of its rooms with four or five customers on a waiting list. The Sheraton Park Tower has fewer than 20 of its 280 rooms left - a snip at £605 each. And at The Westbury, only suites - which cost up to £10,000 for the two-week period - are still available. The Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf has no availability. A reservations desk clerk said, "Most of the hotels have been bought out by sponsors. We sold out of rooms completely to a big company a while ago."

In March, Boris Johnson made it clear that room rate hikes were unwelcome and could have an adverse effect on tourism to London, with "repercussions for decades to come". However, Miles Quest, a spokesman for the British Hospitality Association, believes price hikes are almost unavoidable.

"If the demand is high, inevitably prices will rise," he said. "There's nothing anybody can do about that. That's an inexorable law of economics. How much they increase by will depend on how strong the demand is and how quickly it will manifest itself. I think the major companies recognise the danger of overpricing, which will damage London's reputation. The industry is conscious of the fact that there's a danger here."

Russell Kett, managing director of HVS, a hotel valuation, consulting and brokerage firm, shares Quest's concerns: "Clearly the principles of supply and demand could result in some hoteliers trying to boost their earnings during this period by offering rooms at possibly ridiculously and unrealistically high rates. Clearly, no one is obliged to pay these prices and many - most perhaps - will 'vote with their feet'.

"We can only hope that professional hoteliers will see the advantage of maintaining the right balance and avoid being accused of ripping off visitors to London."

Summer is, of course, typically one of the busiest periods of the year for hoteliers. Last year, room occupancy in five-star hotels in London was almost 94 per cent for July, boosted by the Farnborough International Airshow, which attracts a wealthy international audience. The Olympics should easily surpass that.

A national event is not always reason for hoteliers to celebrate, however. At the royal wedding this year, significantly poorer returns were generated than expected. Room occupancy levels dropped to 60 per cent on the day of the wedding, well below the anticipated boost in occupancy forecast by hoteliers. "It is clear that the expected demand did not materialise," says Jonathan Langston, managing director of TRI Hospitality Consulting.

Similarly, at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, hoteliers were forced to slash their prices as many rooms remained unoccupied. Getting an idea of how much demand the Olympics will generate before pricing their rooms is one way for hoteliers to avoid a similar scenario.

Others are demanding a 70 per cent payment upfront to avoid last-minute cancellations. As with Beijing, the best bargains are likely to be had much closer to the event, when hotels outside central London are likely to be attempting to fill rooms.

"I think the worry for hoteliers in London is that there's going to be a lot of people putting serious thought into where they're going to stay during the Olympics," adds Langston. "So rather than staying in central London, they're going to look at the price of train tickets and whether they're going to offset that against the price of staying in central London."

Londoners have the opportunity to capitalise on prudent visitors to the city by hiring out spare rooms - a trend that is likely to snowball as the Olympics approach.

However, Ben Livingstone, a senior consultant for TRI hospitality, consultants to the international hotel industry, is confident that most visitors will be concentrating on the experience rather than their bank balance. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in London," he says. "Everyone you talk to is after tickets and everyone I know has put money into the ballot. I think people are just willing to spend a bit more on this sort of thing."

Olympic accommodation - the alternatives

A quick Google search for "flat to rent Olympics" gives a variety of sites offering short-term lets for the Games. Instead of a hotel, book a serviced apartment through sites such as silverdoor.co.uk or gonative.com - they can often be cheaper than hotels, provide more space for a family and will have self-catering facilities.

Visit London has a useful guide to finding accommodation - from campsites to hostels and home-stays - including an option to be alerted when bookings open. visitlondon.com.

Tickets for an Olympic event in London will give you free travel on public transport on the day of your event, so widen your search for accommodation outside central London. Visit london2012.com for a map of the area covered by a Games Travelcard. Try Campinmygarden.com to find London residents offering space to pitch a tent in their back gardens. Or try managed campsites such as Lee Valley Park's Edmonton and Chingford pitches.
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Time Out takes an exclusive helicopter ride over the London 2012 Olympic Park

Time Out’s own Blog Producer Sonya Barber took to the sky yesterday to get a bird’s eye view of the developments of the London 2012 Olympic Park to mark the launch of Panasonic’s London 2012 product line up. Taking off from London Heliport in Battersea, we cruised over central London spotting the capital’s iconic buildings (Shard, Wembley Arena, London Eye, Houses of Parliament) until we reached Stratford, where we had an amazing view of the progress of the site which will host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. How do you think it looks? Share your comments below.

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I used to live near the site and I know the canals develop a lot of gross looking weed during the summertime - you can see it in this video - all the water is green… I wonder if theyre going to clean this out at games time?!
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