Victoria Park to be Olympics hub

Large outdoor screens will be set up in Victoria Park during the 2012 Olympics, so Londoners can come together and revel in the excitement of the sporting spectacular.

It was announced today the Tower Hamlets’ park - which borders Victoria Park Road in South Hackney - is one of four Live Sites planned in the capital.

The others will be in Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and Potters Fields Park - next to City Hall on the South Bank.

Other free entertainment will include concerts, cultural and artistic performances and exhibitions.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, The Royal Parks and Tower Hamlets Council will grant commercial rights to global event promoter Live Nation, allowing them to stage concerts and offer hospitality packages, food and drink concessions and merchandising opportunities.

During most of the Games access to the Live Sites will be free to the public, but tickets will be sold for some events and concerts including key days of the final torch relay, the opening and closing ceremony and some concerts.

Boris Johnson, said: “I want every Londoner and all our visitors to be able to share the experience of the greatest show on earth.

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“Whether it is watching the Games as they unfold, or seeing a fabulous international act performing against these wonderful backdrops, we’re in for a summer to remember.”