Public Invited to Evening of Entertainment at Olympic Stadium

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40,000 people will be given the opportunity to join famous faces, celebrities and sports stars for an evening of entertainment at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday 5 May.

Public invited to evening of entertainment at Olympic Stadium

Public invited to evening of entertainment at Olympic Stadium

This is a great opportunity for people to experience the venue that will take centre stage this summer. As well as a great evening of entertainment, this will be an invaluable test and another warm-up event for the Olympic Stadium.

40,000 people will be given the opportunity to join famous faces, celebrities and sports stars for an evening of entertainment at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday 5 May.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced that tickets for the event will go on sale from Thursday 15 March priced at £20 and £10 (concessions) available from the Ticketmaster website.

The special ticketed event called '2012 Hours to Go: An Evening of Athletics and Entertainment', will follow on from the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships taking place in the Stadium on the same day.

As members of the public arrive at the Stadium at 7pm, they will watch the final hour of the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships’ evening session where competitors will join the ranks of previous BUCS champions including Perri Shakes-Drayton, Dai Greene and Hannah England. The evening session will also include a series of UK Athletics Invitational events featuring some of Britain's best athletes who will be aiming for a place in Team GB this summer.

After the athletics has finished, a celebrity host will be joined by famous faces including Olympians and Paralympians for a series of stunts, games, challenges and prizes. The 40,000 strong-audience will be narrowed down to one lucky winner who will be brought into the middle of the Stadium to officially open the venue.

Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “This is a great opportunity for people to experience the venue that will take centre stage this summer. As well as a great evening of entertainment, this will be an invaluable test and another warm-up event for the Olympic Stadium.”

Information on the host, celebrities, schedule and prizes for the evening will be released in the coming weeks.

Notes to editors:

1.    The BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships will take place in the Olympic Stadium from 4–7 May with tickets available to members of BUCS.

2.    BUCS is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK, which aims to enhance the student sporting experience in performance, competition and participation. Delivering 50 sports, including disability sports, the BUCS programme is available to 2.3 million students across the UK with over 100,000 students regularly competing in the programme. By providing access to and encouraging participation in sport, BUCS is committed to getting students more physically active. In 2012, the annual BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships is a London 2012 test event as part of the London Prepares series. The BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships takes place 4th – 7th May as part of Universities Week 2012, which will recognise and celebrate the contribution that our universities make to the Olympic movement and the sports industry in the UK.

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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 two domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Suppliers, Otto Bock and Panasonic. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Lottery.

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