April 27 - London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe and chief executive Paul Deighton have officially launched the Uniform Distribution and Accreditation Centre (UDAC) for the Games here as the pair used the visit to collect their Games-time uniform.
The UDAC is the first fully operational London 2012 Games-time venue to open and it will be the main base for accreditation and uniform distribution for up to 70,000 Games Makers who will volunteer at London 2012.
The facility at Stephenson Street in Canning Town will also provide accreditation and uniforms to London 2012 staff, technical officials and eligible contractors.
It can process around 280 people an hour for uniform collection and up to 800 an hour for accreditation only.
Additional uniform distribution centres will open in Weymouth and Portland, Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle, Glasgow and Coventry for Games Makers and staff working at 2012 Games venues outside of London.
"It's a proud moment to be here alongside our fantastic Games Makers picking up our Games uniforms and accreditation," said Coe (pictured above, far right), who chatted with startled Games Makers that were some of the first ever to visit the UDAC.
"The Games are almost upon us and our Games Makers will be front and centre of the welcome we give the world."
All those picking up their uniform will go through several stages in the UDAC including documentation check, photos, picking up accreditation, uniform check-in area, fitting area, collection area and check-out area.
The facility is equipped with 70 fitting rooms and staffed by 525 people, 343 of whom are volunteers.
The uniforms for London 2012 staff, Games Makers, technical officials and eligible contractors combined are collectively made up of 765.92 miles of fabric, 359.37 miles of thread, 730,610 buttons and 1,069,034 zips.
The Games Maker uniform was designed by London 2012 in association with their official sportswear provider adidas while the technical official uniform was designed by London 2012 in association with their official clothing and homeware supplier Next.
Worldwide Olympic Partner McDonald's is the Presenting Partner of the Games Maker volunteer programme and its nationwide presence helped attract candidates for the team.
Training sessions have also been help for the volunteers at McDonald's head office in East Finchley, London.
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