The network of Live Sites, run in partnership between the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the BBC and various local authorities around the country, will offer sports fans the chance to watch live BBC coverage of both the women’s and men’s singles finals.
The big screens can be found in Belfast, Bradford, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Dover, Edinburgh, Leicester, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea, Swindon, Waltham Forest and Woolwich.
At some sites, spectators will also be able to enjoy free interactive tennis activities and even strawberries and cream. The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) will provide mini coaching sessions at the Plymouth Live Site from 10.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, and at the Birmingham and Bristol Live Sites from 10.00am to 6.00pm on Sunday. Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Norwich and Swindon sites will also stage activities where the public can have a go at racket sports for free.
Sebastian Coe, London 2012 Chair, said: ‘This weekend’s festival of tennis will give the public just a taste of how the London 2012 Live Sites will come alive during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The sites will be a destination for people to enjoy the magical moments of the Games with their friends, family and local community. The sites are not just about watching great sport though, they will provide a great opportunity for people to have a go at a sport they might not have considered trying, possibly opening the way to a new interest and a more active lifestyle.’
The Live Sites network is operated in association with London 2012 partners BT and Lloyds TSB, supported by Cisco and with funding from the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor.