Big screens could be major draw for 2012
The thousands of people who enjoyed the "Fan Parties" at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany showed that there is a real appetite for people to watch major sports events on giant TV screens at open-air sites.
London 2012 want to make the "live sites" a big part of the Summer Olympics and Vancouver is leading the way at the Winter Games.
I've spent much of the opening weekend visiting the sites in the Canadian city, entry is free, and what I've seen is queues and queues of people desperate to get in.
This was the vital ingredient missing from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Despite the spectacular show inside the venues, there was a poor atmosphere outside of them, largely because the Chinese authorities actively discouraged people from gathering in large groups.
In Vancouver, a 15-minute performance of mascots dancing on ice attracted a huge family crowd at the Robson Square site in the city centre.
The other official live sets in downtown Vancouver have indoor and outdoor HD screens and they have been full in the opening days of action.
2012 want to put up 60 screens across the UK. It's an ambitious project but not everybody will be able to afford tickets or be able to travel to the Olympics.
Do you think the sites will work in Britain too? Will we really be turning out in our thousands to watch mascots dancing?