With just over three-weeks until the first Olympic Football match takes place in Coventry a large set of Olympic Rings has been launched in the city. The Rings are set to provide a spectacular backdrop to Coventry’s London 2012 celebrations.
The Rings have been installed just outside the City of Coventry Stadium on the Rowley Green roundabout. Made of aluminium they are approximately 8m wide by 4m high and will be an exciting feature in the city for the duration of the Olympic Games.
The five rings are coloured blue, yellow, black, green and red – representing the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games. The Olympic Rings are one of the world’s most recognisable logos.
The Olympic Games Football tournament will provide a great opportunity for all the family to go to the Games and see the world’s best players in the women’s tournament and the stars of tomorrow in the men’s tournament. The City of Coventry Stadium will play host to 12 matches during the tournament including the women's quarter-final and women’s bronze medal match.
Ticket prices start at £20 for adults, with special prices available at most sessions including ‘Pay Your Age’ for those who are 16 or under and £16 for those 60 or over. Tickets are available at www.tickets.london2012.com
Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair said: 'The Olympic Rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world. To athletes they represent the culmination of thousands of hours of training and reaching the highest level in sport. These Rings will excite and inspire residents and visitors to Coventry.’
Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics said: ‘The people of the West Midlands have already turned out in their thousands to support the Olympic Torch Relay. They have shown enormous enthusiasm and huge pride in their region. This summer, Coventry will help host the greatest sporting event in the world and welcome visitors from across the globe. The Olympic Rings at the City of Coventry Stadium are a fantastic reminder that people up and down the country have helped to make the Games happen and that the Olympic Games will be a great event for the whole of the UK.’
Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive of the City of Coventry Stadium said: ‘We are extremely proud that the iconic Olympic Rings will be situated outside the City of Coventry Stadium to welcome thousands and thousands of visitors to the city and the venue because it is a visible symbol of the world’s greatest sporting event taking place here in the Midlands.’
Cllr John Mutton, Leader of Coventry City Council said: ‘The Olympic Rings mark an important milestone in Coventry’s preparation for London 2012 and add to the excitement of the city playing a key role in this year’s Olympic Games. I am immensely proud that we are a co-host city and I know that the people of Coventry are looking forward to welcoming visitors from across the world.’
David Moorcroft, Olympian and Chair of West Midlands for 2012, said: ‘Coventry and the West Midlands have played an important role in preparing for the 2012 Games over the past four years and people from across the region have been inspired by a range of initiatives giving everyone the opportunity to be involved. I know from my own experience that the Olympic Games inspire people of all ages and abilities to become involved and you only have to look at how many people watched the Olympic Flame pass through our region at the weekend to see how the excitement is building.’
Giant sets of Olympic Rings are being installed at iconic sites across the United Kingdom to excite and inspire people ahead of the Games and to demonstrate that we are ready to welcome the world.