Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium joins
Glasgow’s Hampden Park
and the City of Coventry Stadium as
host of the first
sporting event of the 2012 London Olympic Games, it was
announced today (15 February 2011).
The stadiums will host to the women’s preliminary
football matches on 25 July 2012, two days ahead of the official opening
ceremony of the 2012 Games in London. The Cardiff game will be held two hours before the
other matches will be held further north.
“With the city quite literally kicking off the 2012
Olympics, it’s fantastic that Cardiff is being exposed to a new audience with
teams visiting the Welsh capital that have probably never been before,” Richard
Thomas of Cardiff and Co, told local news agency, Wales Online. “As a result, it will give
profile in new markets and open up fresh opportunity to attract visitors,
conference-goers and investors in the future.”
The UK football grounds used throughout the Games
include Hampden Park in Glasgow, Old Trafford in Manchester, St James’ Park in
Newcastle and Coventry’s Ricoh Arena The football finals are due to be held at
Wembley Stadium, London.
Over the three-week event, 26 Olympic sports
will be held throughout the UK with over 640 sessions from 25
July to 12 August open to the public to attend.
The London Organising Committee of the
Olympic Games (LOCOG) says 2.2m people have registered for information ahead of
tickets going on sale on 15 March. There are 6.6m tickets on offer and prices
start at £20 and can cost up to £2,012 for more popular
Caption: Artist impression of inside the London Olympic
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