London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics

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Out-of-London venues

Brands Hatch

Now a motor-racing circuit, Brands Hatch was originally used as a cycling course at Brands Farm, with the first race in 1928. Cycling returned here during the Paralympics Games, where bicycles and hand bikes were raced around the 8km course which was part on the current racecourse and part on the surrounding roads which were closed during the 5 days of events.

TQ5764 : Brands Hatch paralympics - the stand by Stephen Craven TQ5764 : Brands Hatch paralympics - spectators by Stephen Craven TQ5664 : Women's individual race, Colin Chapman Way by Oast House Archive

Eton Dorney

The lake (of Eton College Rowing Centre) was used as the 2012 Summer Olympic venue for rowing and canoe sprint, and as the 2012 Summer Paralympic venue for rowing.

SU9377 : Paralympics rowing medal ceremony women's single sculls by David Hawgood

Hadleigh Farm

The men's and women's mountain biking events of the 2012 Olympic Games took place at Hadleigh Farm on 11 and 12 August.

Box Hill

Box Hill featured prominently on the route of the 2012 Summer Olympics cycling road race events, the men doing nine circuits and the women doing two circuits.

TQ2051 : Lucy Martin on Box Hill by Peter Trimming TQ1751 : Box Hill Olympic Rings by Ian Capper TQ2051 : E is for Effort! by Peter Trimming TQ2051 : Leading the Charge by Peter Trimming

Weymouth & Portland

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is a centre for the sport of sailing on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, adjacent to the site, are the main areas used for sailing. Local, national and international sailing events have been held at the site since it was opened in 2000, and in 2005 WPNSA was selected to host the sailing events at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

SY6774 : Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy by Mike Smith

Hampden Park

This was one of the venues for football at the 2012 Summer Olympics. One of the 2012 Olympics matches was delayed after the North Korean team protested against the flag of South Korea being used to represent their players.

NS5961 : Hampden Park by Roger May

Old Trafford

This stadium in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester hosted several football matches during the 2012 Summer Olympics. It hosted five group games, a quarter-final and a semi-final in the men's tournament, and one group game and a semi-final in the women's tournament, the first women's international matches to be played there.

SJ8096 : Old Trafford as an Olympic venue by Bill Boaden SJ8096 : Matt Busby statue and Olympic Rings by Dave Pickersgill

City of Coventry Stadium

The Ricoh Arena was temporarily renamed the City of Coventry stadium for the duration of the Olympic Games. Five matches of the men's football tournament and seven women's matches were played at the stadium, including the Team GB V Canada women's quarter-final and the Canada V France women's bronze medal match.

SP3483 : Coventry-The Ricoh Arena by Ian Rob

St. James' Park

St James' Park also hosted five football matches of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

NZ2464 : Olympic branding at St James' Park by Graham Robson

Millennium Stadium

This stadium in Cardiff, Wales was one of the host venues for the football competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics. It had the distinction of hosting the opening event of the Games (Great Britain women's team against New Zealand) as well as four other group games and a quarter-final in the women's tournament, and three group games, a quarter-final and the bronze medal match in the men's

ST1876 : Olympic crowds arriving at the Millennium Stadium by Virginia Knight ST1876 : Brazil vs. Egypt men's Olympic football at the Millennium Stadium by Virginia Knight


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