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Royal Artillery Barracks: A Guide to the 2012 Olympic Shooting Venue

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The Royal Artillery Barracks was the home of the Royal Artillery for more than 200 years, so it is fitting that the barracks grounds will serve as a temporary venue for the 2012 Olympic shooting events. The venue is located in Woolwich Common and is situated at the heart of Olympic activity.

In order to prepare for the Olympic Games, the buildings within the shooting venue have been outfitted with a PVC membrane. The membrane covers the buildings and provides a futuristic look for the venue. The covering is white and dotted with blue and red spots, which act as windows to provide light and ventilation to the buildings.

Inside the Royal Artillery Barracks: 2012 Olympic Shooting Venue

Inside the buildings, there is temporary seating for more than 7,500 spectators. The buildings house three temporary indoor shooting ranges which will be used for the majority of shooting events.

Only the trap and skeet events, which use flying targets, will be contested outdoors. Three additional temporary outdoor ranges will be set up for the trap and skeet events.

Shooting events are scheduled to be contested at the venue from Saturday, July 28,-Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.

After the Olympic Games: Royal Artillery Barracks

After the conclusion of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the shooting venue will be dismantled quickly, and the Royal Artillery Barracks site "will be returned to its original condition," according to the Official London 2012 website.

London Olympic Committee organizers still are unsure of where the Olympic venue will be used next, though the hope is that it can be rebuilt and used again elsewhere.

Sandra Johnson is an avid Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46

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