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London 2012: Ticketless Games fans to get park access

Image caption A computer image showing the area on the Olympic Park

Plans have been unveiled for a 10,000-spectator area with a giant screen showing live events in the Olympic Park during the Games.

"Park Live" will be open from early morning until late evening for fans without tickets for the sport venues.

Access will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Games organisers hope it will become the Olympic equivalent of "Henman Hill" at Wimbledon.

The 14m high screen will located on a special platform in the River Lea.

Locog chairman Seb Coe said: "Whether it's 'Halsall Hill', 'Pistorius Park' or 'Dai Greene Fields' our plans for Park Live will create a green and colourful place for fans to cheer their heroes and soak up the Olympic Park atmosphere."

"Park Live", which is the fifth largest venue on the Olympic Park, is being presented by British Airways.

Up to 1,000 volunteers from the airline and their families will help to welcome spectators over the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Entertainment will include on-stage interviews with athletes and other stars and short films on the creation of the parklands.

The screen is the height of three double-decker buses and will be viewable from both sides of the River Lea.