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Photos from London 2012 Olympics Day 7 – Men’s Hockey + Olympic Park

August 6, 2012 1 comment

On Friday, August 3rd 2012 we returned to the Olympic Park to see the Men’s Hockey matches, Spain v South Africa and Belgium v South Korea. Though we arrived late due to underestimating travel time, we still caught some of the first match and all of the second. The atmosphere was merry for the Belgium / Korea match, as while there were a fair few Belgium fans and a smattering of Korean fans, the vast majority of the crowd were neutrals who took up the Korean cause as the supposed underdogs – cue curiously British football-style chanting of “We love Korea, we do, we love Korea, we do… ohhh Korea we love you.” Mexican waves abounded. And the hockey wasn’t bad. We joined the throngs afterwards ambling back towards the park towards Stratford and got to see the Stadium, the Orbit and the other buildings in their full night-time regalia.

Spain wins against South Africa in Men’s Hockey, Olympic Park

Olympic Men’s Hockey: Belgium vs South Korea

Belgium fans watch Olympic Men’s Hockey: Belgium vs South Korea

Olympic Men’s Hockey: Belgium vs South Korea

R.U.N. Outside Copper Box, Olympic Park

ArcelorMittal Orbit by Night

Olympic Stadium and Orbit by Night

There are about double the number of shots here shown in my photoset over on Flickr – go have a look.

I also did a cheeky little 360 degree panorama on the iPhone from inside the Riverbanks Arena which you can see here.

Photos from London 2012 Olympics: Day 3 – Olympic Park


The big gig is here. Despite many weeks and months of hand-wringing about expected meltdowns in London’s transport system, fears of a security catastrophe, and the shambolic ticketing website – of which your author has been a vocal critic – in the end, the twin factors of Mitt Romney sticking his foot in it, together with Danny Boyle’s bonkers and brilliant Opening Ceremony meant that most of London collectively decided to park the cynicism for a while and get behind the Games.

Speaking personally, we did reasonably well on ticket allocation. We were allocated Men’s Boxing Final in the initial lottery last year, got given Men’s Basketball Final tickets by a very considerate but absent friend in the last week, and managed to score, by persistent refreshing and the occasional head smacked against the desk, both Men’s Preliminary Round Hockey tickets and ground pass tickets to the Olympic Park.

It was those last Park tickets that actually came first chronologically, which was handy as it allowed us to have a look around the site without any pressure to be in any of the venues at a particular time. Photographing the Park was a funny beast; it’s all so massive that you are tempted to just do panoramas the whole time – but the volume of people in-shot all the time makes this a complicated prospect. So I mostly settled for detail shots rather than sweeping landscapes. We are back in the Park this Friday for the hockey so I hope to revisit some of these.

Olympic Stadium and ArcelorMittal Orbit
Olympic Stadium and ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit, Olympic Park
ArcelorMittal Orbit, Olympic Park

Wildflowers along the canal, Olympic Park
Wildflowers along the canal, Olympic Park

Nicole Cooke MBE being interviewed by the BBC, Olympic Park
Nicole Cooke MBE being interviewed by the BBC, Olympic Park

R U N, Copper Box, Olympic Park
R U N, Copper Box, Olympic Park

Norway Fans, Olympic Park
Norway Fans, Olympic Park

Storm Gathering over the Basketball Arena, Olympic Park
Storm Gathering over the Basketball Arena, Olympic Park

Park Live East Screen, Olympic Park
Park Live East Screen, Olympic Park

Wind Turbines at Sunset, Olympic Park
Wind Turbines at Sunset, Olympic Park

Sunset reflected on the Water Polo Arena, Olympic Park
Sunset reflected on the Water Polo Arena, Olympic Park

More to come…