This worker dangling high above the city yesterday was preparing the Millennium Stadium for the arrival of the Olympics in two weeks.
Hanging from the stadium’s iconic 90-metre masts for four hours at a time, three abseiling workmen from Summit Rope Access went through 120 litres of paint as they touched up the venue ready for the Games’ opening football match.
It was part of a programme of ongoing work to get the city ready for the Olympics’ first event on July 25, two days before the opening ceremony.
That work includes the installation of bollards on Westgate Street which will be used to enforce road closures. The resurfacing of the road was paid for with £605,000 from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog).
Locog has also put forward £130,000 to help create extra car parking in Sophia Gardens, where additional matting will be laid next to the existing car park.
The creation of a number of residents’ parking bays on streets in Canton, Riverside and Grangetown will also be an Olympic legacy. W
ork currently being carried out on the bus station is not specifically an Olympic project, with the council saying the work would have been done anyway, but it has been fast-tracked to ensure the area looks its best in time for the Olympics. That is not being funded by Locog.
The riverside walkway adjoining the stadium will be closed from July 18 to August 11. Cardiff council leader Heather Joyce said:
“In July and August Cardiff will play a pivotal role in the 2012 Olympics and it is going to be very exciting for the city to host the first event of the Games. “The eyes of the world will be on Cardiff and the city is gearing up and preparing for the first football match. “The Games will inspire and provide opportunities for many people across our city and I cannot wait for them to begin.”
The stadium will be hosting 11 Olympic football matches until August 10. Gerry Toms, the stadium’s general manager, said:
“The stadium will be looking its very best when the eyes of the world are fixed on Wales later this month. We are extremely proud to be opening the London 2012 Olympics here in Cardiff and our staff are busy behind the scenes to make sure the stadium is in great shape.”