All you need to know about Olympic big screens

With fireworks, dance, music and celebrations, Beijing Olympics was a spectacle to behold. Now, with the London 2012 Olympics just around the corner, many people hope the event will be just as, if not more, entertaining. Irrespective of whether or not you’re a sports fan, if you are anywhere in the UK, you will be drawn into the Olympics frenzy. Even if you aren’t in London, big screen TVs that have been installed in various towns and cities will allow you to enjoy the games and the celebrations. Some of these screens, up to 28 of them, had been installed across the UK to stream the Beijing Olympics. Some of these screens became permanent fixtures and the London Olympics will be aired through them.

To ensure that those living in and around London don’t miss any of the action, outdoor screens have either been installed, or are in the process of being fixed at various other towns and cities. These are called Olympic Live sites and they will be listed on the London Olympics 2012 website. Surely, local media outlets and publications will carry the information too. A diverse number of sites have been chosen for the screens, and viewers can choose not just by location, but also by the kind of vibe they’d like to enjoy. For instance, public squares offer great open ambience and energy. Some of the squares chosen as Live Sites for the London 2012 Olympic include, the Victoria Square in Birmingham, the Millennium Squares in Leeds and Bristol, Centre Square in Middlesbrough, and among the most beautiful public squares, the Castle Square in Swansea. Some Shopping Centres too have been chosen, like the Chapelfield Shopping Centre in Norwich. For those who’ve been to the various literary and music festival in the festival square and simply love the location, the Edinburgh – Festival Square too have been chosen as Live Site.

Since the Olympics stadium cannot accommodate everybody interested in the games, Londoners too can gather around the screens and watch the events which will be aired live. The Olympic Park is a great option. It has the largest LED screen. The double sided big screen will be floated. The plans are to float this on the River Lea on a pontoon. The downside though is that this may not be free. The banks surrounding the river is also being prepared and designed in a bowl shape, so spectators can comfortably sit and view the games on the screen.


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