Wednesday, July 27 marks one year before the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in London. Preparing to host the Olympics is not easy. Among the requirements are building event venues, ensuring proper security and making travel for all guests as easy as possible.
And while there is plenty left for London to do, it looks like they're right on track to host the games.
Organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe says London is "pretty much where we would want to be at this point in the project. The Olympic Park venues are in large part built, but there's a mountain of work still to do to turn them into sporting theaters, and the money raised to stage the games."
More than one million tickets for the men's and women's soccer tournaments remain unsold, and many venue tests remain, but everything seems to be progressing nicely.
London plans to unveil some of the progress on Wednesday when it officially opens its aquatics center and shows off the medals. Ceremonies will take place at the new Olympic Park:
"The heart of the Games is the East End where an impressive 2.5 square-kilometres Olympic Park has been built in the Stratford district, dominated by the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium, site of the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics events.
The area's infrastructure includes 8,000 new flats, Europe's largest shopping mall and an urban recreational area."
They left out that the world's largest McDonald's is also being created to satisfy the appetites of the guests. Even though the Olympics staffers don't feel like they'll be able to enjoy things until 2013, it appears as if they're on track to host the games which begin next summer.