Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Olympics Are Coming to Tyneside; St James' Park to Host Football Matches

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Olympics Are Coming to Tyneside; St James' Park to Host Football Matches

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Byline: Andy Hughes

NEWCASTLE United's home ground St James' Park will host six Olympic football matches during the 2012 games, it emerged last night.

The 52,000 capacity stadium has been chosen as one of only six grounds in the UK to stage the Olympic fixtures in July and August 2012. St James' Park will host a mixture of preliminary group stage games and at least one quarter-final over the course of 10 days.

The other stadiums chosen as venues are Old Trafford in Manchester, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wembley Stadium in London, Hampden Park in Glasgow and the City of Coventry Stadium.

The teams which will play at each venue are yet to be announced.

The first game will be played on July 26, 2012. The other fixtures are scheduled for the following Sunday (July 29), Tuesday (July 31), Wednesday (August 1) and Friday (August 3), with the final fixture taking place on Saturday, August 4. Last night London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe was heavily criticised after he revealed ticket prices for the Games will range from pounds 20 to pounds 2,012. …

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