Stadium handover as Coventry prepares to host Olympic football

By Steve Carpenter 22/06 Updated: 22/06 12:34

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COVENTRY took one step closer to hosting Olympic football after the keys to the Ricoh Arena were were officially handed over to the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The stadum, which will be known as the City of Coventry Stadium throughout the Games, will host 12 Olympic football matches from July 25 to August 9.

This week the stadium's chief executive Daniel Gidney and Council leader John Mutton met with LOCOG's venue general manager Russell Chamberlain to hand over the keys as final plans are put in place for London 2012.

"This is a fantastic stadium and we have been made to feel really welcome by everyone in the city," said Mr Chamberlain.

"The exterior sings around the venue have started to be covered up to transform this into a clean stadium and security points are bings contructed in the car-parks at the north and south entrances.

"LOCOG staff have ben on-site for months to ensure the transformation from the senior management team was a smooth process and that has certainly been the case."

Fourteen nations will be represented when the football tournament kicks-off in the city on Wednesday, July 25 with a double-header between Japan and Canada, followed by Sweden v South Africa.

"Seeing the flags in the stadium of the different countries who will be heading to Coventry underlines the global stage we will be involved in," added Mr Gidney.

This will be a really proud moment in our history and we are honoured to be the only Midlands venue to have been chosen to host an Olympic event in any sport or discipline."

Tickets are still available for the football tournament, including matches in Coventry. For more information visit tickets.london2012.com and for information on hospitality packages available at the City of Coventry Stadium email loft@ccfc.co.uk

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