London 2012 receives approval for volleyball venue

London 2012 receives approval for volleyball venue

Published Jan. 18, 2011 1:20 p.m. ET

Olympic organizers have been given approval to hold the volleyball tournament at Horse Guards Parade, the site marking the queen's official birthday every June.

Approval had to be gained from Westminster City Council's planning and city development committee. Work will begin in June to build temporary structures, including an arena for 15,000 spectators and the creation of sand courts.

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe says Horse Guards Parade will be ''one of our most spectacular venues and bring real excitement to the area in 2012.''

The site is near the British prime minister's residence at 10 Downing Street and hosts the annual Trooping the Color ceremony, which dates to the early 18th century.