Nine Olympic football matches will be held at Old Trafford, including semi-finals in the mens and women's events.
532,000 people are expected to attend and the North West is expected to gain £1.2bn from these games, mainly through construction and tourism.
Team GB's Beth Tweddle will switch on this year's Blackpool Illuminations. The Bunbury gymnast won bronze on the uneven bars at the Olympics
Gary Barlow has been praised by fellow celebrities for honouring his commitment to perform at the Olympics Closing Ceremony.
They say what you don't know can't hurt you. Maybe that's why so many were sceptical when London was awarded the 'Greatest show on Earth.'