Special Olympics spectators urged to plan ahead on public transport


SPECTATORS of the Special Olympics are being urged to use public transport to get to the Games during their return to Sheffield later this month.

Around 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete in various sports between Tuesday 8 and Friday 11 August, at thirteen locations across the city and surrounding areas, including Ice Sheffield, the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and Ponds Forge International Sport Centre.

To help customers plan their journey to the Games, Travel South Yorkshire has created a dedicated webpage for the event at travelsouthyorkshire.com/SpecialOlympicsGB including links to a journey planner for each sporting venue, as well as to the Opening Ceremony at Sheffield United Bramall Lane Stadium on Tuesday 8 August, and to the Families Village at Tudor Square.

Now in its tenth year, this will be the second time Sheffield will host Great Britain’s National Summer Games, with the first Special Olympics being held in the city in 1993.

Tim Taylor, SYPTE Director of Customer Services, said: “Special Olympics Great Britain’s return to Sheffield is a fantastic occasion for our region. The Games will attract thousands of spectators to the city and surrounding areas, and will help to solidify our region’s status as a location for sporting excellence.

“With the huge amount of spectators expected to be travelling to cheer on the athletes at all venues, we’re encouraging everyone to plan their journey in advance, and to use public transport to get to and from the Games.”

More travel information on the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games can be found at travelsouthyorkshire.com/SpecialOlympicsGB Live public transport service updates will be available throughout the Games on Twitter @TSYalerts