London 2012: Olympic Park to get its own Henman Hill

The Olympic Park will be home to its very own version of Henman Hill, where fans will be able to hear from medal winning athletes and watch events on giant screens.

The space, set in a natural amphitheatre, will be able to accommodate up to 10,000 people at any one time and is officially called Park Live.

Fans will be able to eat in picnic lawns in the newly created parklands on the site and watch the sporting action on a giant double-sided screen in the River Lea.

Park Live has been created through a partnership between the London Organasing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and its official airline partner British Airways.

Olympic gold medal winner Denise Lewis said: “It’s fantastic that British Airways is presenting Park Live, it looks like it could be the Henman Hill of the Games.

“I know the athletes, their families and guests at the Olympic Park will be thrilled to have a dedicated place for people to come together.”

There are plans to offer entertainment including interviews with athletes on the British Airways presentation stage and the showing of short films on the creation of the parklands.

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Park Live will be within the 250 acres of parklands created on the Olympic Park, which includes new green space for people and wildlife, riverside spectator lawns, timber seating, frog ponds, loggeries, wildflower meadows, woodlands, tree-lined footpaths and reed beds with more than 30 species of native reeds, rushes, wet wildflowers and irises.

The venue will be open from early morning to late evening for spectators to visit before and after sporting events on the Olympic Park.

LOCOG chairman Seb Coe said: “Whether it’s Halsall Hill, Pistorious Park or Dai Greene Fields, our plans for Park Live will create a green and colourful place for fans to cheer their heroes and soak up the Olympic Park atmosphere.

“With lush lawns surrounded by wildflower meadows and rustling reeds, a trip to Park Live will be a truly unforgettable experience.”

Up to 1,000 dedicated British Airways staff will welcome hundreds of thousands of spectators to Park Live during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with up to 100 staff on hand to help at any one time.