England Captain endorses Lord's as 2012 Archery Venue

March 19, 2010
by Peter Jones
The listing was posted by Archery GB

England Cricket Captain Andrew Strauss has pledged his support for Lord's Cricket Ground as London 2012's Olympic Archery venue.

Strauss met GB archers Alison Williamson and Simon Terry at Lords, and shot some arrows at targets on the pitch.

He said: "Lord's will be a first class venue for Archery at the London 2012 Olympic Games, just as it is for cricket. I am very excited at the prospect of watching Archery in such as spectacular setting, and it will be great for the profile of Lord's to be part of such an historic event."

The London 2012 Organising Committee today unveiled plans of what the Archery venue could look like in 2012.

A planning application for its plans to convert Lord's into an Olympic Archery venue will be submitted to Westminster Council in May, and LOCOG is about to begin a public consultation process to seek the views of local residents and MCC members, with a public exhibition in the President's Box at Lord's from 25-27 March.

Sebastian Coe, LOCOG Chair, said: "Lord's is an exciting and important location for the London 2012 Games. It is a world-class venue, and will provide a spectacular and innovative setting for Olympic Archery. I am proud of the fact that we are using so many of London's existing venues, and Lord's is one of the most iconic."

The existing layout and facilities of Lord's will be used, including the Pavilion and the Media Centre. In addition, some temporary structures such as seating will be installed to enable spectators to get closer to the action.

The field of play will be positioned so that the archers will shoot from the historic Pavilion over the square towards the media centre.

There will be eight days of competition, two team events, two individual events, with 64 men and 64 women archers taking part. There will be approximately 5,000 spectators per session.