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The Olympic Stadium


The Olympic Stadium has been purposely built for the the London 2012 games with the environment and sustainability in the forefront. In recent years there has been a steel shortage and this has resulted in the build being 75 per cent lighter in terms of steel use than other stadiums. In addition the Olympic stadium features a low-carbon concrete, made from industrial waste and containing 40 per cent less embodied carbon than usual.Throughout the stadium you will find evidence of sustainability, for example the top ring of the Stadium was built using surplus gas pipes.  This is one of many visual examples to London 2012's promise to 'reduce, reuse, recycle'.

London 2012 Olympic Stadium - WhichHoliday.tvThe Stadium was completed in April 2012 and will have a capacity of 80,000 during the London Games, 10,000 less than Wembley. The Stadium is likely to become the football home for Tottenham Hotspurs or West Ham United after the games. The Olympic Stadium is in easy reach of other London 2012  venues such as ExCel and the O2 Arena, as well as tourists sites such as Big Ben and the Tower of London.


The stadium is the centre piece for the London 2012 Olympics and is designed with the athletes and the spectators in mind.  Facilities for athletes within the Stadium include changing rooms, medical support facilities and an 80m warm-up track. Spectator services, refreshments and merchandise outlets will be located outside the venue on a ‘podium’ that will surround the Stadium, rather than being located within the Stadium itself.
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Five Stadium Facts

  1. Over 240 businesses, from Devon to Scotland, have been involved with the stadium build.
  2. More than 5,250 people have worked on the project since construction started in May 2008, with the workforce peaking at 650.
  3. The stadium stands 60 metres (197ft) high above the field of play and has an 860-metre (2,821ft) perimeter.  
  4. It took a 650-tonne crane 14 days to lift the 14 lighting towers, which each weigh 34 tonnes and are 28 metres (92ft) high, into place in March last year. 
  5. The turf for the field of play was grown in Scunthorpe

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