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The London 2012 River Zone

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Olympic River Zone
North Greenwich Arena
ExCeL Exhibition Centre
Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park
Royal Artillery Barracks

Credit: London 2012

A short ride in the DLR from the Olympic Park is London 2012's River Zone, a selection of venues scattered either side of the Thames in and around Greenwich.


North Greenwich Arena

Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline Gymnastics, the Basketball finals and Wheelchair Basketball

Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Also known as the Millennium Dome and, latterly, The O2 Arena - the North Greenwich Arena will host Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline Gymnastics and the Basketball finals during the Olympic Games and Wheelchair Basketball during the Paralympic Games. All preliminary Basketball games, as well as the women's quarter-finals, will take place at the purpose-built Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park. But from Wednesday 8 August to Sunday 12 August, the men's quarter-finals, plus all semi-finals and medal games, will be held at the 20,000-capacity North Greenwich Arena, which is set to be linked with ExCeL on the north bank of the Thames by cable car. The fully-equipped North Greenwich Arena will play host to 14 disciplines in the Artistic Gymnastics programme from Saturday 28 July to Tuesday 7 August, plus two Trampolining events on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August. The O2 Arena, as it is called outside the confined sponsorship realms of the Olympics, is best known as a venue for some of the biggest names in the worlds of music and comedy. But it also has a strong sports pedigree, hosting the annual ATP World Tour Finals and, in 2009, the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. The North Greenwich Arena in pictures.


ExCeL Exhibition Centre

Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Boccia, Paralympic Table Tennis, Paralympic Judo, Paralympic Powerlifting, Volleyball (sitting), Wheelchair Fencing

One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station


North of the Thames beside the Royal Victoria Dock, the ExCel London Exhibition Centre will host a total of 143 sessions across a wide range of 13 Olympic and Paralympic sports during the London 2012 Games, making it the most used venue outside the Olympic Park. Part of the River Zone, ExCeL opened its doors in 2000 and is one of Europe's largest and most versatile exhibition spaces. Located between Canary Wharf and London City Airport, ExCeL has its own DLR stop (Custom House) which will whisk spectators to and from the Olympic Park stations at Stratford in a jiffy and act as a link to the centre of London via Bank tube station in zone one. A stunning architectural achievement, ExCeL has gigantic amounts of floor space accompanied by shops, bars and hotels. No additional construction work is needed to create the venue's five Olympic arenas and the total capacity will be anything from 5,000 to 10,000 depending on the schedule. A proposed cable car is set to link ExCeL with the North Greenwich Arena across the Thames River. The ExCeL in pictures.


Greenwich Park

Jumping, Dressage and Eventing (Equestrian events), Paralympic Equestrian, Modern Pentathlon (Riding and Combined Event)

Romney Road, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)


Transforming the capital's oldest Royal Park into a temporary Olympic venue has not been the smoothest of rides - although Greenwich Park looks to be on course after a successful Test Event in May 2011. On paper it is a superb venue: located on the south bank of the Thames, its hillside location offers some truly spectacular views across to Canary Wharf and central London. But it was a controversial choice with locals, who fear what the combined effect the temporary structures, sand, railings and tractors will have on the World Heritage Site. A high profile campaign group called Nogoe - No to Greenwich Park Olympic Equestrian Events - is headed by the historian David Starkey; Windsor Castle, with its experience of hosting such events, would be better suited for the Olympics, they say. A year ahead of the Games, LOCOG are still deep in talks with local residents about the plans - but the Test Event was promising. For the Games, spectators will pack a temporary raised arena (which has been built on stilts to counteract the sloping ground below without the need for digging) set behind the National Maritime Museum and the elegant colonnades of the Old Royal Naval College. With such a beautiful backdrop, you can see why organisers are bent on using the former royal hunting ground as an Olympic venue. As an advert for London, you can hardly do any better. Greenwich Park in pictures.


Royal Artillery Barracks

Shooting, Paralympic Shooting, Paralympic Archery

Artillery Place, Woolwich, London, SE18 5DP

Tube: North Greenwich Station


The London port of Woolwich has a long military history, and so it is highly apt that the Royal Artillery Barracks should host the Olympic shooting events for London 2012. Located on the edge of Woolwich Common and close by to Greenwich Park, the historic Barracks were built in 1776 and boast the country's longest Georgian facade. The Shooting competitions take place from Saturday 28 July to Monday 6 August: four temporary indoor ranges for Pistol and Rifle events will be built together with outdoor shotgun ranges for Trap and Skeet events - as well as a 62ft-high safety screen. Grandstands seating up to 7,500 spectators will be erected for each range. A month later, at the Paralympics, the Royal Artillery Barracks will host 12 Shooting events from Thursday 30 August to Tuesday 4 September, as well as six days of Paralympic Archery. Royal Artillery Barracks in pictures.


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