London prepares for year of sport

London is the place to be if you are a sports fan as the city is playing host to a series of major events this year.

Visit London have highlighted some of the unique events in the sporting calender that are set to be held in London during 2011. Events include the UEFA Champions League final, which will be played at Wembley Stadium on 28 May. Thousands of football fans are expected to descend on the capital to fill pubs and hire function venues to watch the best team’s in Europe battle it out for the Champions League trophy.

The O2 Arena will host the first ever NBA basketball season game, to take place outside North America. The New Jersey Nets are set to take on the Toronto Raptors on 4 and 5 of March. In addition to the new events, major events set to return to the city this year include the Oxford vs Cambridge boat race, the London Marathon and the World Badminton Championships, Opodo reports.

Iain Edmondson head of events at Visit London said: “London is an iconic destination for event goers all year round with international sport being staged every month of the year.”

London Mayor Boris Johnson told Fresh Business Thinking: “2011 promises to be another jam-packed year for major events in the capital, with twelve months of thrilling sporting action to look forward to. Almost any day of the week London is home to an astonishing variety of sport at all levels and this exciting programme will see some of the biggest names competing at the very highest level right here on our doorstep.”

“It sets the scene in top notch style as we build up to 2012,” he added.