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London 2012 - one year to go

One year from today, on 27 July 2012, the Olympic Games will open with a spectacular ceremony in London to welcome the world to Britain. External site: [London 2012 website]( External site: [Department for Culture, Media and Sport](

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3.5 million tickets have been sold to the London 2012 Games, and today, the final countdown to “the greatest show in the world” begins.

Construction of the venues and infrastructure for the Games is almost complete with six Olympic Park venues finished. The Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park in Stratford, which was completed for the one year milestone, was officially opened today by Jeremy Hunt, Hugh Robertson, Seb Coe and Jacques Rogge.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who attended the evening celebrations in Trafalgar Sqaure, described the event as “a great night for London, a great night for Britain”.

The PM said:

Six years on with one year to go, the sense of excitement is even greater today than it was then.

I think this has the makings of a great British success story. With a year to go it is on time and on budget. I believe this can be a great advertisement for our country.

To celebrate One Year to Go, London 2012 has created an interactive Twitter stadium and world map. You can see what the athletes are saying about London 2012, see which teams Twitter fans around the world are supporting with the #1yeartogo hashtag, and tweet your support for your team in the click of a button.

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Published 27 July 2011