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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Following our report last year, Haringey's involvement in the olympics took another step last week with the news that Finsbury Park is joining Alexandra Park as a host to a competitor nation's national olympic village.

Last year we learned that Alexandra Park will become Alex van der Park for the duration as the Dutch move in.

Temporarily rebranded as Holland Heineken House, the venue will become a base for the Netherlands team and its supporters for the three weeks of the Games.

A flagship Olympic host house, Holland Heineken House has become renowned for its creative design and will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012.

Last week the news was confirmed that the Caribbean is set to come to Finsbury Park during the Olympic Games as it is in the final stages of talks to become the site for 'Jamaica Village 2012'.

The event, which will be called Jamaica Village is scheduled to run for nine days from August 3 to 12, will aim to be a celebration of all the exotic island has to offer.

Up to 50,000 people a day are expected to use the park to eat, dance, watch the games on the big screen. There will be a lot of great entertainment, encompassing music, food, drink, theatre and the arts and stars like Usain Bolt and Lennox Lewis are likely to attend.

Haringey Council, which has responsibility for the park, says it has not received a licensing application as yet, but the festival is almost certain to go ahead.

With Jamaica likely to pick up a number of athletics medals, including at least one for sprinting sensation Usain Bolt, Finsbury Park could become the place to be next year.

Finsbury and Alexandra Parks join a number of London venues which have been chosen as Olympic fan houses, including Museum of London Docklands (Germany), Glaziers Hall (Switzerland), Lancaster House (UK), QEII Conference Centre (Italy), Somerset House (Brazil), and Old Billingsgate (France).

Tags for Forum Posts: alexandra park, finsbury park, heineken holland village, jamaica village, olympics, parks

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Or, in the words of a famous Jamaican...


Are you people for real? The fastest man in the world is coming to the area and all you can do is moan! This is a sporting event of international importance.


Please get a sense of perspective. It will not stop you getting to work, the transport infrastructure is being planned and developed to be able to cope with all Olympic events whether cultural or sporting.


What a great advert for Harringay! I for one will welcome our visitors and I hope you lot will have the decency to do the same.


Thanks for the info, Hugh.



De nada. It's maybe not as anti as it seems. Glad to say above we seem to have 5 in favour, 3 against and 2 neutral.

The fastest man in the world is coming to the area and all you can do is moan!


You're right, Tindara. Now if it were only the fastest woman in the world some of these unreal moaners might get, like for real. 

My guess is that cleaning it will be the responsibility of the hirer. If I were Haringey I'd keep a significant deposit in hand to ensure that responsibility were met. [Or you could always organise another flash-clean-up ;o) ]



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