Everyone wants a piece of the action during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but tickets are both limited and pricey!
However, some of the events give spectators the chance to watch for free, giving everyone the chance to soak up the Olympic atmosphere and cheer on the world’s elite athletes. For those who missed out on the ticket ballot, or those who would rather save their pennies, these events are the best way to get in on the action for no money!
Cycling road race
Velodrome tickets were some of the most sought-after for London 2012 but you can still catch some of the world’s best pedal-pushers out on the streets for the road race. The men’s race runs between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 29th July, and the women’s race is from 12 noon to 4pm.
Check out the routes at http://www.london2012.com/venue/cycling-road-race/, but the best free viewing spots are Richmond Park, Bushy Park near Hampton Court Palace and just outside the Natural History Museum.
With three marathons taking place, and routes snaking their way all around London, this is a great chance to catch some Olympic action and add your support! The men’s event is on the 12th August from 11am until 1.30pm, while the women’s marathon is on the 5th August from 11am until 1.45pm.
The paralympic marathon takes place on the 9th September, between 8am and 2.15pm. Visit the official site at http://www.london2012.com/venue/marathon for more details on the route.
Open Water Swim
The 10k open water swimming event is one of the most exciting swimming events, with the huge field of competitors scrambling for position as the race begins, and the leading few racing to the medal positions in the final stretch. Taking place in the Serpantine lake in Hyde Park, the men’s event is on the 10th of August and the women’s on the 9th.
The best free spot to watch the race is the south side of the lake, as the north side is a ticketed grandstand.
Again in Hyde Park, the triathlon gives spectators a good mix of disciplines, with cycling, running and swimming all taking place. The men’s event is on the 7th of August between 11.30am and 2pm and the women’s on the 4th between 9am and 11.30am.
Head out early to grab a prime viewing spot at the Serpantine/Serpantine bridge, Wellington Arch, Hyde Park next to Marble Arch and Knightsbridge tube stations and also along the South Carriage drive. Check the triathlon page at http://www.london2012.com/triathlon/ for the full route.
Live Coverage TV Screens
As well as the live events, there are a number of live viewing screens set up around London and the UK. Hyde Park and Victoria Park in London have four and three screens respectively, while Blackheath Common and Walthamstow’s Town Square will also have screens. Outside London, screens will be erected in many cities, including Bristol, Bradford, Cardiff, Coventry, Leicester, Plymouth, Swansea and Liverpool.
So, with all these options for a super-cheap front-row Olympic experience, you won’t have to fork out the equivalent of a first time buyer mortgage to grab some amazing seats! Enjoy!