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London Olympics 2012 Stadium

The London 2012 Olympic Stadium is the most ambitious and iconic project of the Olympic Games organizers. It will reinstate the pride of London city as a haven of sports with the best stadiums in the world. The Olympic stadium will join the league of Lord's, Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium.

London Olympics Stadium Features

The stadium is built to host the most coveted opening and closing ceremonies, apart from the main events of the 2012 Games. It will also serve the same purpose during the 2012 Paralympics, which will follow immediately after the Olympics. With a capacity of 80,000 people, and spread over 40 acres, it is a marvel of modern engineering. Its glitz and glamour are sure to leave people spellbound. The best view of the entire stadium is from the Olympic Orbit, a nearby observation tower, which provides breathtaking views of the stadium. Situated in the East London district of Stratford, the stadium is very near to Stratford railway station of London Tube. The area is called London Borough of Newham.

Capacity and Amenities

The Olympic Stadium is going to be the centre of attraction in the new Olympic Park. We owe a tribute to the Team Stadium, British engineers and Olympic Delivery Authority, because they created a masterpiece within the stipulated time and budget. This state of the art stadium has an excellent 400m athletics track, changing rooms, and medical support facilities. The spectator space has two tiers; the lower one is permanent and can accommodate 25,000 people, whereas the upper extended section is made up of lightweight steel and concrete and can house further 55,000 sports fans.

The best part is that the extended section is detachable and can be removed after the Games. The stadium is so big that there are at least 700 rooms in it and the designers have taken care of everything including the religious practices of the athletes and other staff members. That's the reason they have built prayer rooms too. Refreshments would be available just outside the Olympic Stadium.

Some 7000 cubic meters of concrete stuff was laid on the stadium ground, so that a solid platform may be constructed. Despite its huge size just 10,000 tons of steel is utilized to build the stadium, which is far less if compared with the same size of stadiums built elsewhere in the world. It will be shining with fourteen lighting towers. To prevent pigeons from nesting a hawk named Willow keeps flying around the Stadium.

The Architect of the Olympic Stadium

The architect of the Olympic Stadium is Populous, who have the honor to build TCF Bank Stadium Minneapolis, Wimbledon Tennis Club, 2014 Winter Olympic Stadium, Sochi Russia, Yankee Stadium New York, Amway Center Orlando, Florida, Asian Games Stadium Incheon Korea, Emirates Stadium London, Silverstone F1 Circuit Silverstone, England, and Soccer City 2010 World Cup, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Location, Access and Lighting

The stadium address is as follows: Olympic Stadium, 103 - 113 Marshgate Lane, Stratford, London E15 2NQ. Olympic stadium would also host athletics and Paralympic athletics events. The Olympics 2012 Stadium is a site, which resembles an 'island', surrounded by waterways on three sides. Visitors may take any of the five bridges to reach the stadium.

Once the Olympic Games are over, this marvelous stadium will be the home of West Ham United Football Club and Newham Council.

Last Updated on 8/6/2012