2012 London Olympic Venues: How to Get There and What to See

North Greenwich Arena in London, England
North Greenwich Arena in London, England  (London 2012)

The 40 sports of the 2012 Summer Olympics, held in London from July 27 to August 12, will be played throughout the city—in long-established, world-famous venues such as Wimbledon and Wembley Stadium and in newly constructed attractions dotted throughout Olympic Park and beyond. Below is a list of some of the key venues for the Games and transportation options to each location.

Olympic Park
Olympic Park is located in east London on 1.5 square miles of land that once served as an industrial site.

Key Sports: Opening/Closing Ceremony and Track and Field inside the Olympic Stadium; Swimming and Diving in the Aquatic Center; Indoor Track Cycling in the Velodrome; Water Polo in the Water Polo Arena

How to Get There: Visitors to Olympic Park have a number of options for transit, including taking the London Underground, also called The Tube, to Stratford (via the Jubilee and Central Lines) or to West Ham (via District and Hammersmith and City Lines). The 2012 Games canal boat service will take visitors along the River Lea to Olympic Park, docking less than 100 yards from the park entrance. Of course, taxi and bus service are always an option.

Basket Ball Arena
A new basketball arena was constructed for the games out of 1,000 tons of steel and 20,000 square meters of recyclable white PVC fabric that will serve as the backdrop for gorgeous lighting during the fortnight. Inside, the arena will feature black and orange seats representing the colors of a basketball.

Key Sports: Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Handball

How to Get There: Follow directions for traveling to Olympic Park, as the basketball stadium and Olympic Park are close to each other.

All England Club
The All England Club in London has hosted Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, since 1877. Known for its iconic grass courts, the club will host its first Olympic Games this summer.

Key Sports: Men’s and Women’s Tennis

How to Get There: The easiest way to access Wimbledon is via the Wimbledon Tube stop. The tennis venue is also accessible via taxi, bus, and bicycle from central London.

Wembley Staduim
Another famous London sporting landmark, Wembley Stadium is known for hosting some of the largest concerts and annual soccer championships. Re-opened in 2007 on the site of the original Wembley Stadium, which was built in 1923, the 90,000-capacity arena should be the center of attention for much of the 2012 games.

Key Sports: Men’s and Women’s Soccer

How to Get There: Taking the Tube or Overground, a suburban rail network, is the suggested way to travel to Wembley. Visitors can take the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines to Wembley Park Station; Bakerloo and London Overground lines to Wembley Central Station; or Chiltern Railways to Wembley Stadium Station.

North Greenwich Arena
One of the premier sports at any summer games, gymnastics will be held at the North Greenwich Arena, located on the banks of the River Thames. Opened in June 2007, the arena—also known as the O2 Arena—holds up to 20,000 spectators and is one of the largest arenas in Europe.

Key Sports: Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics; Trampoline; Basketball

How to Get There: Visitors traveling to the arena have several options. Get off at the North Greenwich stop on the Jubilee Line if traveling via Tube. A shuttle bus will take spectators to the venue who get off at the Charlton stop of the National Rail. River service, bus, and taxi are also good options.

Published: 7 Jun 2012 | Last Updated: 13 Jun 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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