UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee admits it is almost impossible to replicate the atmosphere home athletes will face at this summer's Olympics in London.
But around 150 Games hopefuls will nevertheless get a first competitive taste of the Olympic Stadium when they compete alongside this weekend's British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships.
The likes of European heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis, world champions Mo Farah (5,000 metres) and Dai Greene (400m hurdles) and Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu have opted not to compete, but local favourite Perri Shakes-Drayton and pole vault star Holly Bleasdale will take part in the event from May 4-7.
Although a number of smaller events have used the stadium in a limited capacity, this weekend will be the first time the stadium will be open to the general public for an athletics competition.
And although a capacity crowd of 80,000 will have to wait until the Games in July and August, the thousands of tickets made available were quickly snapped up by BUCS members.
Track athletes and those competing in the vertical jumps will contend stand-alone UKA events, while horizontal jumpers and throws athletes will participate in the BUCS competition fields.
Van Commenee said: "Preparing our athletes for what to expect when they walk into the Olympic Stadium at Games time is almost impossible.
"The noise of an Olympic Stadium when a home favourite walks out just cannot be replicated. This test event will form an important part of some athletes' preparation.
"At this event they will get the chance to familiarise themselves with the Olympic Stadium and we can remove a number of unknown factors for them. We are looking forward to our first experience in the magnificent Olympic Stadium."
Despite such an opportunity, Ennis has long maintained that she wants to keep the stadium "special" and has turned down numerous opportunities to see it since an early visit.
"There was no track, the stadium was just at the early stage of being built when I went in so that didn't really count," the former world heptathlon and pentathlon champion said.
"I've been outside the stadium filming for a sponsor but I didn't go in then and I won't now.
"I don't want to keep going in the Olympic Stadium all the time, I want it to be special. When I'm in the team and I'm there competing, that will be the time to take it all in. I don't want it to be really familiar."
And long jumper Greg Rutherford is similarly unconcerned about securing any kind of "home advantage", adding: "I have seen the Olympic Stadium; a stadium is a stadium at the end of the day.
"You've just got to go in there and compete so from my point of view I'm not too concerned about getting into the Olympic park and competing there."