Olympic Bingo for Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England took place on July 27, 2012. The breathtaking ceremony was described as ‘superb’, ‘amazing’, and may be considered the ‘Greatest Show on Earth”. Viewers were able to play Bingo along with the opening ceremony events with Olympic Bingo cards designed to highlight the cultural icons, symbols, and references that were presented in the ceremony. Designed by Danny Boyle, the £27 million opening event hosted nearly 80,000 live spectators and more than 1 billion television and internet viewers was a celebration of British culture and history. Olympic Bingo parallels the universal love of Bingo around the world and allowed viewers to actively participate in the event and identify British grandeur and symbolic references.
The Greatest Show on Earth
The rehearsal for the Olympic Opening Ceremony went on for six months. Danny’s Boyle’s interpretation of the story was a celebration of Great Britain’s rich culture and history. The musical depiction was specifically designed to present a musical and visual myriad of British sights and sound. One of the young dancers, Jasmine Breinburg, 18, spoke of the entire event as amazing and surreal. A masterpiece and conglomeration of Britain’s TV shows, movies, and music dating back to the 1960’s were presented in brilliance – from the choreography to the keen British humor dispersed throughout the show. The fantastic display culminated with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron by seven teen athletes – a finale that had bookmakers taking bets on who would light the cauldron well before the ceremony ever began. Several athletes reported that the ceremony had the ‘fired up’ and ready to get down to business.
Summer Olympic Events in London
While the Olympic Bingo cards are marked and the widely admired game of Bingo ended with the opening ceremony, the Olympics in London will continue until the last event on August 12, 2012. The Olympic games are not unlike Bingo – bringing together people from around the globe in a cohesive and cooperative forum of friendly competition. The opportunity for so many countries to come together and showcase the best of the best of talent in a wide variety of sporting events is a demonstration of valor and vigor. The venues included in the summer Olympics in London include a plethora of events which are listed below for your perusal. Schedules are readily available for all events and are sure to provide wholesome entertainment and family-oriented opportunities to observe rare performances and athletic prowess from around the world.
The Venues for the Olympic Games in London
The venues: Aquatic Centre – Swimming, Basketball Arena – Basketball, Earls Court – Indoor Volleyball, Eton Dorney – Rowng, Canoe Sprint, ExCeL – Multiple events including Boxing, Tennis, Weightlifting, Wheelchair Fencing, and more, Greenwich Park – Equestrian events, Hadleigh Farms – Mountain Biking, Handball Arena – Handball, Hockey Centre – Hockey and Paralympic arena football, Horse Guards Parade – Beach Volleyball, Hyde Park – Triathalon, 10K Open Water Swim, Lee Valley White Water Centre – Canoe Slalom, Lord’s Cricket Ground – Archery, North Greenwich Arena – Gymnastics, Trampoline, Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Olympic Stadium - Various Athletics, Olympic Village – Hosting all Athletes and Officials, Wembly Arena – Badminton, Rythmic Gymnastics, Velodome – Track Cycling, BMX, Royal Artillary Barracks – Shooting and Archery, Weymouth & Portland – Sailing, All England Lawn Tennis Club/Wimbledon – Tennis, Water Polo Arena – Water Polo, Eton Manor – Wheelchair Tennis, Brad S Hatch – Road Cycling in Kent, Wembly Stadium – Football, Hampden Park – Football, St. James Park – Football, City of Coventry Stadium – Football, Old Stafford – Football, Millenium Stadium – Football.