It’s all happening this summer at the Olympics Live Site
Visitors to Manchester city centre will be able to watch the Olympic opening ceremony - as well as other Olympic events - from the comfort of an urban garden.
A range of sporting and cultural events will be shown on the big screen in Exchange Square, which has been transformed into Manchester city centre's official Olympics Live Site.
A 'pop-up' bar, called the Summer House, has been set up there enabling visitors to enjoy food and drink on picnic tables surrounded by a vibrant mix of trees, foliage - and even garden gnomes - in a clear roofed pavilion surrounded by white picket fencing.
A series of special events will also be held at the site over the summer to bring these sporting contests to life.
Basketball fans can watch Great Britain taking on the US on the big screen from 7pm on Thursday July 19.
The game, being held in the Manchester Evening News arena, is the first time the US's national team has played GB on British soil and will feature star players such as American Kobe Bryant in what is seen as an important Olympic warm-up.
Football fans can also watch Team GB playing Brazil on the big screen, in the British team's first Olympic game, broadcast live from Old Trafford on Thursday July 26.
The Summer House will help fans get into the party mood with a samba carnival band performing ahead of the game.
Fans of Team GB can either continue their celebrations - or commiserations - the following day by watching the Olympics opening ceremony on the big screen.
A special pre-show will be held from 8pm before the main show, starting at 9pm on Friday July 27.
Olympic events will be shown every night from 7am until late throughout the contest, running from July 28 until August 12, when the closing ceremony will be shown on the screen.
Visitors will even be able to have a go at volleyball at the live site between July 28 and August 4, while there will also be special events held there to tie in with the triathlon competition from August 4-7.