Bay Areans will have a chance to experience the excitement of the Olympic Games next month at outdoor viewing parties that San Francisco is hosting.
The city’s Recreation and Park Department is organizing two days of events in front of City Hall in the Civic Center plaza that will not only include live telecasts of the games but also skills games, gourmet food options, kids arts and crafts, and other family-friendly activities.
The gatherings are being sponsored by Visa and NBC Bay Area, the national broadcaster’s local affiliate, as well as garbage firm Recology and the Coca-Cola Company’s Live Positively program. Several city agencies are also helping plan the parties.
The events will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 7 and Saturday, August 11.Both days will feature live broadcasts of the 2012 Olympic Games from London.
According to a schedule posted on NBC’s Olympics website, on Tuesday the main events that will be aired at that time on the local NBC station are the women’s semifinal in water polo; qualifying rounds in various track & field events; the men’s 3m springboard semifinal in diving; and a men’s beach volleyball semifinal.
The schedule for Saturday includes the finals in men’s kayak singles, doubles and canoe singles, and women’s kayak singles; the women’s bronze-medal match in volleyball; and the women’s mountain bike event and medal ceremony.
Later that night American David Boudia, seen at left, could be among the contender’s for gold in men’s platform diving. One of his main competitors will be 18-year-old British diver Tom Daley, who has garnered major media attention in Great Britain and has attracted attention in the U.S. for speaking out about being bullied at a teenager.