See Olympic action on city’s big screen

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OLYMPICS fans will be able to watch some of the most dramatic moments of the 2012 games on a big screen in Sheffield.

Sheffield International Venues (SIV) is screening the action during a three-day Fans Festival, between Friday and Sunday, August 3 and 5, when there will be a big screen at the Don Valley Stadium and entertainment at the neighbouring Bowl.

The weekend will include the finals of the swimming, cycling, rowing, high-profile athletics events including the 100m men’s final and could see Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis go for gold in the heptathlon final.

Steve Brailey, SIV chief executive, said: “Playing a part in the London 2012 celebrations is a very exciting prospect for us.

“We want to create a big party atmosphere in the stadium, with lots of attractions for all the family.”

He added: “It would be fantastic if Jess, one of our home grown athletes could win the gold watched by thousands of people at Don Valley Stadium, where she first started training.”

Other attractions over the festival will include market stalls, food and drink, competitions and have-a-go sessions for various sports.

A Tramlines-style paid-for music festival is also being considered for the Bowl.

However, Sheffield Council has no plans to erect a screen in the city centre. A council spokeswoman said big TV screens in cities including Manchester and Leeds were funded by the BBC.