One of several historic sites to be chosen to host Olympic events at the London 2012 Games, Lord’s will be the venue for the Archery competition. The site is of course frequented by international visitors each year as a test cricket ground - and receives only a light makeover in preparation for hosting Olympic competition.
An archery range will be placed on the outfield of the main playing area and nursery ground and once the games are complete the London 2012 archery equipment will be donated to schools and amateur clubs across Great Britain.
Owned by cricket's lawmakers, the Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord’s is often referred to as 'the home of cricket'. The present Lord's site was founded in 1814 by Thomas Lord, although it was in fact the third ground to carry his name.
In 1877 it also became the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club at the request of the MCC and by 1884 it was staging international cricket as well — two traditions which continue to this day. Six years later the iconic main pavilion was built and this listed building will form a backdrop for the Olympic archers as they shoot their arrows across the square towards the space-age Media Centre.
Lord's is also home to English cricket's governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The contrasting styles of the Lord’s pavilion and the Media Centre could not be more pronounced, with the striking ‘space-age’ media facility having been constructed for the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
Spectators will be housed in two temporary stands on the outfield, thus cutting capacity by 21,500. Behind the pavilion is the MCC Museum, the world's oldest sporting museum, which houses a huge range of cricket artefacts, including the Ashes.
Of course, once the London 2012 Archery competition reaches its conclusion Lord’s will return to its usual schedule as the venue for cricket matches from school, village and university level, right up to county and international Test and One Day International fixtures.
Public facilities: Lord's has five restaurants, including the celebrated Lord's Tavern, plus many other food and drink outlets. The Games Mobility service will be present, plus there is a London 2012 Shop. There will also be London 2012 information points for venue and sports information, transport updates, lost and found services and pushchair and wheelchair storage.
History: Founded by Thomas Lord in 1814, Lord’s is one of England’s most historic sporting venue and is widely known as ‘The Home of Cricket’.
What’s on? Archery (27th July to 3rd August).
How do you get there? Tube or bus are probably your best bets — definitely not car, as there is no public parking and there will be no drop-off areas. The nearest London Underground station to Lord's is St John's Wood, which is on the Jubilee line about 10 minutes' walk away, while there are 18 Transport for London bus routes that run close to the ground.
Location – in relation to other venues: Lord’s sits to the north west of central London, 10 miles to the west of the Olympic Park in East London.
Location – on the tube: St John's Wood, on the Jubilee line, is a 10 minute walk from Lord’s.
Find it on the map: here.