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Tuesday 2 September 2014

World Police and Fire Games: What you'll need to know ahead of the hotly-anticipated opening ceremony

Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 

2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast.

Exploration featuring the Inishowen Carnival, Spraoi Carnival, Mefiesto Penny Farthing and T13.

Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Exploration featuring the Inishowen Carnival, Spraoi Carnival, Mefiesto Penny Farthing and T13. Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 

2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast.

Exploration featuring the Inishowen Carnival, Spraoi Carnival, Mefiesto Penny Farthing and T13.

Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Exploration featuring the Inishowen Carnival, Spraoi Carnival, Mefiesto Penny Farthing and T13. Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 30th July 2013
Dame Mary Peters dons the mascots uniform to surprise athletes at the registration of the World Police and Fire Games 
Colin McClure and John Gamble get a pleasant surprise
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye.com
Dame Mary Peters removes her mascot's uniform. Athletes are visibly stunned.

Your guide to the games

Q Where is the Opening Ceremony taking place?

A The King's Hall complex on Thursday August 1.

Q What time is it all starting?

A Doors open for the ceremony at 3pm.

Q Who's all going and should I get down early?

A 14, 000 will be there. The advice is get down early and enjoy the action.

Q Where will cars park at the venue?

A There will be a car-park at the playing fields on Boucher Road, but no parking at the King's Hall.

Q What public transport is there to hop on?

A A special Translink shuttle services (bus and train) will depart from Great Victoria Street Rail Station from 2.30pm.

Q How can people get home from the events?

A Translink services will be available from 9pm.

Q How much will travelling cost?

A It's free if you have your Opening Ceremony ticket with you.

Q What about wheelchair access?

A A number of disability vehicles are available from Boucher Road to the ceremony.

Q Are there still tickets available?

A No, but the event will be streamed live online on www.bbc.co.uk/ni

Q How can I find out about events once games begin?

A You can download a full, detailed schedule online.

Q How many sports are there?

A Around 56 different sports will be showcased over the 10 days of the games.

Q What sports will be played?

A As well as the traditional sports seen at most international multi-sport events there are also more unusual events such as the Ultimate Firefighter, Muster and Toughest Competitor Alive.

Q Where will the games be held?

A They'll be across the province, using local swimming pools and outdoor spaces including Stormont Estate.

Q Are events only being held in Belfast?

A No. Londonderry, Newry, Cookstown and Newcastle will all host games. There's even Surfing on the East Strand Portrush (August 6-8).

Q Is it true there will be a stair race among the events at the games?

A Yes. The Stair Race will take place in the Obel Building in Belfast on Sunday.

Q Will it cost to see the events?

A Entry to most events is free and access to venues is on a first come, first served basis.

Q Can we see all the events?

A No public access is available at the following venues: Hydebank Wood – Field and 3D Archery, Ballykinler Training Centre – Biathlon, Pistol PAP & PPC, Rifle Large Bore and Small Bore, Shotgun – Sporting Clays and SWAT (except friends and family), Athletes' Village – Wrist Wrestling.

Official website www.2013wpfg.com

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