Sarah Shaffi, Olympics editor (news)
Friday, June 22, 2012
Londoners are being given the chance to win tickets for the Paralympic Games thanks to a partnership between London24, the Mayor of London and the body in charge of the Olympic Park’s future.
The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which will be in charge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – the name of the site following the London 2012 Games – has teamed up with London24 to give away 250 tickets to the Paralympics.
A Day in the Park will give people the chance to win pairs of tickets, or tickets for their family, community group or even their street.
Tickets will be for events taking place in the legacy venues – those which will remain on the Park following the Games – including the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre and the Copper Box.
Daniel Moylan, new chairman of the LLDC, said: “The future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will belong to Londoners. Now, through A Day in the Park, we can give people a chance to see the world-class Olympic venues and their setting before they are transformed into a great new public park due to open in stages from July 2013.”
He added: “People will be able to see how the Park will become a vibrant place for everyone to enjoy.
“Whether you want to take the kids swimming at the weekend; enjoy green, open spaces to walk the dog, or go to a music festival, this will become a Park that people will want to keep visiting and find new things to enjoy.
“Not only can we offer thousands of local people and community groups the opportunity to experience the thrill of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, but we can also let them see first-hand how we are building an urban park more ambitious in scope and more exciting than any other in the UK.”
Funding for the tickets has been provided by G4S, the official security provider for the Games.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The Paralympic Games promise to be a spectacular festival of sport and this competition is a fantastic way for thousands of Londoners to experience it and the Park first-hand, at no cost to the taxpayer.
“When it reopens after the Games, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be an unparalleled resource for East London, with thousands of new homes, some of the best sporting venues in the world and new community facilities providing a lasting legacy for generations.”
London24’s 250 tickets are a mix of pairs of tickets, family packs of four, six or eight tickets, community group packages for 20 people, and street packages for 50 tickets.
Visit the A Day in the Park website from today to enter, where you will be asked a Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park themed question.
Winners will be chosen at random after the closing date of Wednesday, July 18.