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Venues prepare for Paralympic Games

Two new competition venues are being completed this week at Eton Manor and Brands Hatch in preparation for the Paralympic Games, London 2012 organisers said today.

Eton Manor situated north of the Olympic Park will be used for wheelchair tennis competition and Brands Hatch will be used for the Paralympic road race, said the London 2012 Organising Committee (Locog).

Consultant Atkins also helping to convert the Olympic hockey warm up pitch to host a five a side football pitch for the Paralympics. Engineers are installing seating stands to host up to 5,000 spectators.

Locog chief executive Paul Deighton said the venues were created with both Games “in mind” but there were some modifications needed.

“All venues will see the look and signage refreshed, the flags of the nations revised, adjustments to broadcast requirements, and changes to field of play, as sports in each venue are slightly different,” he said.

Paralympic preparations at sites include:

  • Gentle gradients so spectators can get around easily
  • Wider corridors, aisles and entrances to venues to make it easier for people with mobility scooters and wheelchairs to access them and move around
  • Use of specialist computer modelling to ensure that disabled spectators have good sightlines and can see all the action
  • Tactile surfaces and contrasting colours to help spectators with visual impairments navigate the Olympic Park
  • More than 250 benches with 3,300 seats across the Olympic Park, a maximum of 50m apart


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