Newham residents flock to watch Olympic Games on big screens

30 July 2012 in 2012 Games and legacy and Mayor and Events

More than 41,000 people flocked to Newham Council’s two live sites to watch on giant screens the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games and the first weekend of sporting activity.

The two 25m2 square screens in Stratford Park in West Ham Lane and in Central Park in High Street South, East Ham, are proving popular with residents, particularly families who are enjoying picnics in the park while watching the events.

Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “The atmosphere in the two parks on Friday for the Opening Ceremony of the Games was electric.

“When London was first bidding for the Games, I told the International Olympic Committee that for every national team that competes in the Olympics, there is a community right here to support them. That certainly seemed the case in Stratford Park where every team in the athletes’ parade got a cheer.”

Almost 16,000 people were in Stratford Park on Friday and 7,500 in East Ham’s Central Park. The live sites will be open from 11am to 11pm until 12 August for the Olympic Games and from 29 August to 9 September for the Paralympic Games.

Added the Mayor: “There are some blue riband athletics, rowing and cycling events coming up in the Games later this week and what better place to come and watch them than at our live sites, while enjoying a host of free arts, music, children’s entertainment and sports activities that we have on offer.”