London Olympics test on Cup Final day – May 5

 

The organisers of London 2012 are to stage a major test event in the Olympic Stadium on

the same day as the FA Cup final – providing a trial for transport networks. The plan, for a

sports and entertainment event dubbed 2012 Hours to Go on 5 May, will simulate the

conditions at Games time when major events will take place at either end of the Jubilee Line

– at Wembley and the Olympic Park in Stratford.

The event will follow the British Universities & Colleges Sport championships taking place in

the stadium on the same day, which will be the first opportunity to watch athletics on the

track apart from a public fun run.

Arriving at 7pm, ticket holders will watch the last hour of the athletics action – which will

include invitational events featuring Team GB hopefuls, who will use it as an opportunity to

acquaint themselves with the stadium.

An entertainment event, promising “stunts, games, challenges and prizes” hosted by bigname

celebrities will follow, during which an individual will be plucked from the 40,000 crowd

to officially open the stadium. The event will help test operations within the stadium and

allow organisers to meet licensing criteria and prepare for the 67,000 people who will fill it

during the Olympics.

The FA Cup final is expected to kick off at 5.15pm on the same day, putting a strain on the

Jubilee line which will act as the main public transport artery through London for spectators

during the Games.

London 2012 organisers and transport officials on Tuesday underlined their determination

that it would be remembered as a “public transport Games” as they unveiled plans for road

closures during the road cycling, marathon, race walking and triathlon events.

Road events will take place in London during seven of the 16 days of the Olympic Games

and on one day of the Paralympic Games. Drivers will be advised to avoid the areas on

competition days, but organisers promised that where possible restrictions would be

removed by the late afternoon or early evening and that no roads would be closed overnight,

apart from at Hampton Court for the cycling time trial.

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