London 2012 to Stage 11 Further Test Events

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The world class sporting events, which take place between 18 April and 8 May, will test elements including venue operations, spectator flows, workforce, security, the field of play, scoring, timing and results and conclude the 42 event London Prepares series.

London 2012 to stage 11 further test events

London 2012 to stage 11 further test events

We are now in the home straight and having staged 31 successful test events we are in a good position as we head towards the Games themselves

The world class sporting events, which take place between 18 April and 8 May, will test elements including venue operations, spectator flows, workforce, security, the field of play, scoring, timing and results and conclude the 42 event London Prepares series.

Six events will take place in the Olympic Park over seven days from 2-8 May, giving LOCOG the first opportunity to test the common domain and multiple venues at the same time. Particular focus will be put on the events that take place concurrently on the Olympic Park on Saturday 5 May when the park will host up to 80,000 visitors over the course of the day.

Tickets to Hockey, Synchronised Swimming, Wheelchair Tennis, Water Polo and Paralympic Athletics, will go on sale to the general public at 10:00 on 15 March, giving spectators the chance to see world class competition in Olympic and Paralympic venues. Prices range from £3- £20 and are available via http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/londonpreparesseries

Access to Wheelchair Rugby, Shooting, Paralympic Archery and Boccia will be allocated to local residents, members of National Governing Bodies and athletes’ friends and families.

The BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships will take place in the Olympic Stadium from 4-7 May with tickets available to members of BUCS. Details on public access to the Olympic Stadium on Saturday 5 May will be released in due course.

Debbie Jevans, London 2012 Director of Sport, said: “We are now in the home straight and having staged 31 successful test events we are in a good position as we head towards the Games themselves. As with all our test events we will be testing a range of our event operations including field of play and also our workforce. During our programme of six events in the Olympic Park over a seven day period we will also be able to focus on our overall Park operations outside of the sport venues and this will be invaluable.”

Olympic sponsors Visa continue to show their support for the London 2012 Games and international sport with individual sponsorship of five events. While UK Sport also part fund the Paralympic athletics event. As a proud sponsor of London 2012. Visa (debit, credit, prepaid) is the only card accepted for online ticket sales for the London Prepares series.

Ticketed test events:

Apr 18-22 FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification, presented by Visa. Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park. Tickets £5- £20

Apr 23 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualification Play-Off Match, City of Coventry Stadium. Tickets £5-£10

May 2-6 Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament, Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park. Tickets £5- £15

May 3-6 Eton Manor Wheelchair Tennis International, Eton Manor, Olympic Park. Tickets on sale for 5 May £3- £5

May 3-6 Visa Water Polo International, Water Polo Arena, Olympic Park. Tickets £5 - £15

May 8 Visa London Disability Athletics Challenge, Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park. Tickets £5

Football tickets: http://www.theticketfactory.com/footballtournamentqualification

Non ticketed test events:

Apr 18-19 London International Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament Basketball Arena, Olympic Park.

Apr 18-28 ISSF Shooting World Cup, The Royal Artillery Barracks.

May 3-6 London Para Archery International Tournament, The Royal Artillery Barracks.

May 4-7 BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships, Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park.

May 5-7 London Boccia Invitational 2012, Basketball Arena, Olympic Park.

Notes to editors:
For further information please contact the London 2012 Press Office.

UK Sport
UK Sport’s World Class Events Programme distributes approximately £3.5 million of Lottery funding each year to support the bidding and staging costs of major events on home soil, as well as providing specialist support to organisers. Ahead of London 2012, events are supported primarily based on their likely performance impact, but consideration is given to the broader impacts of events: to maximise the wider sporting, social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits, as well as sporting performance and legacy.

Over 100 events, hosted by at least 35 different towns and cities, will have been supported from 2007 until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These competitions will have attracted around 30,000 athletes and provided opportunities for over 27,000 officials and volunteers to gain international sporting experience and develop key skills ahead of London 2012.

About Visa Europe
In Europe, there are 445 million Visa debit, credit and commercial cards. In the 12 months ending September 2011 those cards were used to make purchases and cash withdrawals to the value of €1.7 trillion. 14% of consumer spending at point of sale in Europe is with a Visa card, and almost 80% of that is on Visa debit cards.

Visa Europe is owned and operated by more than 3,700 European member banks and was incorporated in July 2004. Visa Europe is independent of global Visa Inc., with an exclusive, irrevocable and perpetual licence in Europe, while both companies operate to ensure global interoperability. As a dedicated European payment system Visa Europe is able to respond quickly to the specific market needs of European banks and their customers - cardholders and retailers - and to meet the European Commission’s objective to create a true internal market for payments.

Visa enjoys unsurpassed acceptance around the world. In addition, Visa/PLUS is one of the world’s largest global ATM networks, offering cash access in local currency in over 200 countries.

For more information, visit http://www.visaeurope.com
About Team 2012
Team 2012 presented by Visa is a fundraising programme designed to provide UK athletes with the tools and support to reach their full potential and win more medals at European Championships, World Championships – and of course at the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012. It is a joint venture between the British Olympic Association, ParalympicsGB, UK Sport and LOCOG. Alongside the vital role played by The National Lottery and Exchequer funding, Team 2012 will help fund our athletes over the next two years. The vast majority of funds raised through Team 2012 will be distributed by UK Sport through its World Class Performance Programme which ensures that the UK’s most talented athletes have every chance of reaching their potential. Having run their programme since 1997, UK Sport has developed a highly successful ‘No Compromise’ approach, which ultimately means taking no short cuts in resourcing the best athletes to realise their medal ambitions. Funding is provided to athletes via their sport’s governing body, in support of a performance programme that includes coaching, training and competition support, medical and scientific services and equipment and access to the best facilities.

London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.

There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Supplier, Otto Bock. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Lottery.

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