Bedford named as official live site for London 2012 Olympics
Bedford Borough Council is delighted to confirm a free festival
of sport at the Bedford International Athletic stadium during next
summer’s Olympics. This will include a big screen showing all the
action live, including the men's 100 metre final, and opportunities
to have a go on the top class facilities on offer at the stadium,
especially for young people.
The Council has received confirmation that it has been
successful in a bid to have the Stadium selected as an Official
Olympic ‘Live Site’ during the London 2012 games next
Bedford now joins a select group of other towns and cities
across the UK which will be an official part of the Olympic Games
during next summer.
The ‘Live Site’ will offer local residents the opportunity to
come together and experience the Olympic Games and ensure the
Athletics Stadium will become a fitting centre of Olympic action
for the borough.
The big screen erected at the stadium will offer Bedford Borough
residents the opportunity to experience a slice of the London 2012
Olympic Games, even if they were not fortunate enough to land some
of the sought after tickets to experience the Games in person.
In addition to the big screen, a number of other activities both
at the Athletics Stadium and across the borough will be taking
place to mark the Olympic Games and Bedford’s rich sporting
Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford Borough, said: “I am delighted
that the Games organisers have recognised Bedford’s sporting
heritage and vibrant community by naming the borough as a Live
Site. The free events at the International Athletics stadium are
about giving local residents the chance to enjoy a shared Olympic
experience close to home.
“The International Athletics stadium already hosts some of the
biggest track and field events in the country and this marks it out
as the centre of Olympic action in the borough. The events we put
on will be free and open to all, and I hope the stadium proves to
be a superb focal point for local residents to enjoy during the
Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture
added “The summer of 2012 looks set to be a brilliant one for local
residents with the River Festival, Kite Festival as well as the
excellent opportunity to experience and celebrate the Olympic Games
“The Live Site will be completely free to enjoy and we hope many
community groups will also be able to take advantage of this
wonderful opportunity by getting involved with the site throughout
the week of activities.”
Under the terms of the Live Site agreement, Bedford Borough
Council will receive up to £15,000 from The London Organising
Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). This will be
used to transform the Athletics Stadium into a fitting Olympic Live
Further details on the site and the events on offer will be
revealed in due course.