Olympic Games - Hockey

Will the weather conditions favour the hockey teams at the Commonwealth Games?

Approximately 200 athletes will take part in the hockey competition at this summer's Olympic Games in London.

The temporary venue, Riverbank Arena at the Olympic Park, will host the men's and women's events between 29 July and 11 August with each team hoping to take Gold for their country.

The fast paced team game will be played in front of thousands of spectators cheering on their favourite team.

If you are heading to the Riverbank Arena to watch the hockey, check the weather forecast for the Olympic Park to see if you need to pack a waterproof jacket or your sunglasses.

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29 July - 11 August - Heading to the Riverbank Arena at the Olympic Park to watch the hockey? Check the forecast.

Hockey was first introduced to the Olympic Games in 1908 when Great Britain first hosted the Games in London. On this occasion Great Britain beat Ireland in the final 8-1 to win Gold. It wasn't until 1980 at the Moscow Olympics when the women's game was added to the schedule of events.

At the 2008 Games in Beijing, the men's hockey Gold medal was won by Germany while the Netherlands took Gold in the women's event.

Athletes will prefer warm, dry conditions with a light breeze while playing hockey at the Olympic Games. High temperatures will mean the players will tire quickly and wet conditions could make the pitch surface slippery.