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Live Sites

Bradford is proud to host on of 22 big screens operating at locations across the UK. Working with the BBC and local authorities, they feature all the latest action and news from London 2012.

The screens provide a fantastic opportunity to get involved with thousands of others watching the games and other sporting and cultural events that take place across the country.

The Live Sites will be showing action from the Games every day, but there are some standout moments when crowds are expected to flock to the Big Screens so they can say ‘I was there’ for some once-in-a-lifetime moments, including:

  • 27 July – The Olympic Opening Ceremony: Danny Boyle’s ‘Isles of Wonder’ show will be watched by over a billion people around the world
  • 4 August – Super Saturday: The day the most medals are won during the Olympic Games
  • 5 August – 100 metre final: The moment the worlds holds it’s breath for just over 9 seconds
  • 12  August – The Olympic Closing Ceremony: Kim Gavin’s ‘A Symphony of British Music’ is sure to have you dancing in the square

As these events take place on the screen there is also the opportunity to get involved in the myriad of supporting activity that takes place in front of the screen.

Groups can also have their video content shown on the screen be it of an Olympic Nature or not. The screen is managed by David Wilson, Director, City of Film. David can provide all the guidelines and advice on how to get your film on the screen –

In addition a giant 50-foot screen – the height of four double-decker buses – with image quality 16 times better than existing high-definition television will be set up in Bradford for people to watch the London 2012 Olympics.

Bradford is one of just three UK cities in which people will be able to watch free sporting action on a super high-definition screen, which will be specially produced in Japan.

The National Media Museum is to play host to one of the three giant screens which are to be installed in public spaces by the BBC.

Along with Bradford, London and Glasgow have been chosen to site the giant screens which will show parts of the Games.

The super-hi-vision technology is designed to offer picture quality that is 16 times better than high definition and has been developed in Japan. It is not expected to be available in homes for a decade.

Roger Mosey, director of London 2012 at the BBC said: “When you sit and watch it you really get the experience of being in seat D5 at a stadium.

“Super hi-vision might be a better long-term prospect than 3D in some ways as it gives you the feel of being in the stadium. People are knocked out by it.”