spectre of rain still looms over the London Games, but one venue is to which,
spectators might not be too happy to learn, will remain dry
Hadleigh Farm in Essex, where the mountain biking competition will take place, is the only one of 46 Olympic venues that will not be serving alcohol.
The site is owned by the Salvation Army, who only agreed to allow the Olympics to be staged there on the condition that booze be kept off the menu.
The events takes place on the final weekend of the games, with 40,000 spectators attending over the two days.. Tickets for the event, which is open access, in that there are no fixed seating positions, are completely sold out.
That it is to be the only Olympic event where spectators will not be able to have an alcoholic drink has not been communicated to ticket holders. As with all Olympic venues, spectators cannot bring alcohol with them. “It’s a bit of a shame,” said Paul Douglas, from Leigh-on-Sea, in Essex, who bought four tickets to the event, and is attending with his friends. “We’d been looking forward to a few beers in the sunshine. We had no idea. You see all these stories about it being seven quid a pint and all that, I guess we just thought there’d be a bar there.”
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The ONLY venue that won't be serving beer?? Wow, that is pretty unfortunate for the beer vendors, and mountain bike enthusiasts alike, to say the least. You think they'd seriously be able to cash in on the mountain bike crowd. How many die-hard hurdle fans do you think will want a Heineken (who has "sole pouring rights" to the games), and how many mountain bikers do you think will want a Heineken? Just saying...