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by Stephen Moore
Friday, July 27, 2012
A fresh batch of last-minute tickets have been released for residents to be part of the Dutch Olympic experience at Holland Heineken House, the country’s Olympic home at Alexandra Palace.
The House, which opened yesterday, is the traditional official meeting place for the Dutch sports world and its fans during the Olympics, and celebrates its 20th year this summer.
A variety of activities and entertainment is on offer for ticket holders.
Live sports will be beamed onto huge screens in front of grandstand seating in the Heineken Arena, which will be peppered with food and drink stands and a “fanzone” for shopping and relaxing.
Dutch sporting heritage will be on show in an exhibition in Heritage Hall, which looks at 100 years of orange Olympic history.
The Great Hall, where the Palace’s biggest concerts are usually held, has been transformed into the medal ceremony hall.
This will operate as a sports zone by day, hosted by various sports federations and offering activities such as table tennis, a fencing simulator, athletics events and a bicycle simulating the Olympic cycling route.
At night the stage will be set for fans to honour medal winners and then party to top Dutch music acts.
A special Brasserie van Oranje restaurant will also be open – although it will still serve fish and chips.
The iconic building will bathe in an orange glow at night and the Park itself is getting in on the act too, with flower beds along the South Terrace planted in bursts of orange.
Fireworks fans will be excited to know there are still tickets available for both the opening and closing nights of the Games, as the Palace offers fantastic views of the sky above the Olympic Park.
Holland Heineken House is open from 10.30am to 1.30am every day until the closing ceremony on August 12.
* Tickets costing 12.50Euro are available at www.hollandheinekenhouse.nl/tickets-en
* No under-18s will be allowed into the House after 8pm
* The Park is open as usual, and hosts the Sacrilege bouncy Stonehenge on August 10
* The ice rink and Bar & Kitchen will both be closed until August 18
* Parking is very restricted during HHH. Limited space may be available in the Paddock car park.
* To see where the Dutch medal hopes and focus lie, see www.london2012.com/country/netherlands/profile.html