Hope and Glory. Two words which in just a few days time can hopefully be used to describe the nation’s feelings towards Team GB as the London 2012 Olympics kicks off.
But now Hope and Glory will be the name of the new red, white and blue themed pop up bar, the new focal point of Manchester’s official live site for the London 2012 Olympics – and they open on Thursday.
Situated in Exchange Square, Hope and Glory will replace the popular Summer House venue for the duration of the Olympics and deliver easy viewing of the games via the ‘Big Screen’.
The director of the team, Chris Legh, said: “The whole country is caught up in Olympic fever and we wanted to create a place that brought that feeling to life.”
All customers will be able to come down and cheer on Team GB throughout the games, thanks to the family friendly nature of the bar while still experiencing the party atmosphere provided by the official London 2012 live site.
Daily schedules of events, lists of the day’s medal hopes and a medal tally for Team GB’s successes can also be found in the bar.
The Hope and Glory bar comes from Heart Soul Rock & Roll, the team behind other pop up venues such as Yacht Club and the Summer House.
Mr Legh said: “We’re in the perfect spot to catch all the Olympic coverage and the clear marquee means we’re covered whatever the weather. We’re looking forward to celebrating the Olympics with the people of Manchester.”
As well as the Big Screen, there will be four more large screens found inside the bar’s clear marquee.
Hope and Glory will officially be open on Thursday July 26, from 11am to 11pm daily. A special VIP event will be held on Friday July 27 to celebrate and watch the Olympic opening ceremony.