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The 80,000 seat Olympic Stadium would host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the Athletics.
The Olympic Stadium would be within the main Olympic Park, within easy walking distance of the Olympic Village and warm up facilities.
The state-of-the-art stadium would provide excellent viewing for spectactors and first-class facilities for athletes. The UK's famous passion for sport would provide an amazing atmosphere for competitors in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Olympic Stadium would be reconfigured to a 25,000 seat Athletics stadium, including a House of Sport which will offer training, sports science and medicine facilities for competitors and offices for national sports federations and other sports bodies.
Ten separate train lines serving three stations would ensure that one train arrives at the Olympic Park every 15 seconds. The Olympic Javelin high-speed shuttle service would provide a link to central London in just seven minutes, as well as a direct train service to mainland Europe.
The Olympic Park in east London, lies at the heart of the London 2012 bid.
The 500-acre site in Stratford would provide a compact, secure and easily accessible home for the Games, seven minutes from central London.
Nine new venues would be situated within easy walking distance of each other, allowing competitors and spectators alike to experience the unique atmosphere of an Olympic Games.
The main 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium would host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as the Athletics events.
Work has already started on the world-class Aquatics Centre, which will include two 50m swimming pools and a diving pool.
The Hockey Centre would comprise two stadia with different capacities, plus a warm up pitch.
The Velopark would include the Velodome and a BMX track, while the four multi-sport arenas would be the setting for Fencing, Volleyball, Basketball and Handball.
The Park would also house the Olympic Village, providing accommodation for every competitor and official, with 80 per cent within 20 minutes of their event venues.
The compact , green site would also include a state-of-the-art media centre providing facilities for broadcast and print journalists from all over the world.
The best-ever Games transport system would deliver up to 240,000 people an hour to the Olympic Park by tube, train, bus and via park and ride schemes.
Full planning permission for the Olympic Park has already been granted, a decision that London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe called 'a major milestone'.
Lord Coe said: "If we win the right to host the Games next July, work could begin the very next day."
The innovative Olympic Stadium design allows for an 80,000 seat Athletics stadium to be converted into a more easily maintained 25,000 seat venue after the Games.
A 20m-high 'wrap' will encircle the 900m circumference of the Stadium. Artists will create a large mural on the wrap of historical sporting champions, participating countries' flags and sponsor logos, giving the Stadium its distinctive appearance.
Where is it?
The Olympic Stadium will be at the south of the Olympic Park on an island site surrounded on three sides by waterways, within easy walking distance of the Olympic Village and warm-up facilities.
Construction officially started on the Stadium on 22 May 2008. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was on site to see the work begin and meet some of the workers. Over the next few years over a thousand workers will help build the venue.
The Stadium is beginning to take shape. More than 100 columns, each 5m tall have already been constructed to support the podium of the Stadium's west and south stands. This also forms the lower ground floor of the West Stand, which houses athletes's changing rooms and other back of house facilities.
In October 2008 the first steel was errected on the Olympic Stadium reaching 35 metres above the ground and creating a visible landmark for miles. Steel terracing supports, each weighing 35 tonnes are being lifted into place above the podium level to hold the 55,000 seats in the upper tiers.
The Stadium Timeline
* July 2006: search starts for build and design team
* Oct 2006: negotiations begin with Team Stadium
* Feb 2007: Olympic Board gives statement on legacy
* July 2007: demolition starts on Olympic Stadium site
* July 2007: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with Team Stadium
* Nov 2007: concept designs launched
* Dec 2007: Stadium site clearance completes
* April 2008: contract signed and Team Stadium take over site
* May 2008: construction started
* 2011: construction finishes in time for test events to take place before the Games
During the Games
The Olympic Stadium will be at the heart of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. All Athletics events will take place in the Stadium as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, watched by millions of people around the world. It will have 25,000 permanent seats and 55,000 temporary seats that will be removed after the Games.
After the Games
After the Games, the Stadium will be transformed into a 25,000 capacity venue that will host a variety of sporting, educational, cultural and community events. It will be a venue for memorable sporting moments during 2012, but it will continue to add value to the local community for years to come.
Halfway to the Opening Ceremony, London 2012's Progress Report
Owen Gibson and Robert Booth
The Guardian, Friday 16 January 2009
In 2005, Seb Coe told the International Olympic Committee that London's strategy for the venues could be summed up as "parks and passion". The candidate file said London 2012 would be a "compact Games in the heart of the city" with "venues in historic locations and parks". The stadiums would be filled with "knowledgeable, passionate spectators".
Part of that vision is taking shape. In a post-industrial wasteland, the bowl of the 80,000 seat Olympic Stadium is complete, revealing the curves of the running track where medals will be won and lost. The project is currently three months ahead of schedule and its design - with 25,000 permanent seats topped by 55,000 temporary - has won plaudits for its deliverability. That is not bad after the Wembley saga, when the new national stadium came in late and vastly over budget. Still to be resolved is the design of "the wrap" - a kilometre-long and 30-metre high plastic cladding that will cover the temporary scaffold and become the visual icon of the Games. It is, critics say, a cheap solution which risks looking tatty by contrast with the architectural drama of Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium. In truth, Olympic bosses had little choice. The estimated stadium budget is almost £500m; the 2004 estimate was £280m.
Source: London 2012
AEG SHOWS INTEREST IN OLYMPIC STADIUM
May 6, 2010
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London - Venue manager and entertainment firm AEG is showing interest in taking over the
80,000-seat Olympic Stadium after the London Olympic Games are completed in 2012. The company is one of 106 that have indicated interest.
A shortlist of about 30 is expected to be drawn up, with a final decision taken in July this year.
AEG has expressed an initial interest in the future of the Olympic Park and, "as the world's leading sports venue owner and operator, it makes total sense for us to explore potential ideas for its future success", said an AEG spokesman.
AEG, which turned the failing Millennium Dome into a successful sport and concert venue, could offer an alternative to the West Ham United if it decides to go ahead with a bid to become the operating company for the $829 million stadium. West Ham had indicated interest in turning the stadium into a soccer venue.
August 19, 2010
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Organizations who want to lease the main 2012 Olympic stadium after the London Games are over have until the end of September to submit their bids, the company responsible for the process told Reuters. The future of the $806 million venue is a concern for lawmakers, who fear it could turn into a white elephant unless a tenant is found quickly. Organizers deliberately designed the arena to provide flexibility, but initial interest by soccer, rugby and cricket clubs foundered because of a commitment to retain an athletics track around the field. More than 100 groups took part in an initial expression of interest process earlier this year, from which a group has emerged backing the existence of a multi-use stadium for athletics and possible commercial, health or educational uses, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) told the wire service. The interested parties also favored a long lease, and reducing the capacity from 80,000 to between 25,000 and 60,000 seats, depending on their plans. The OPLC aims to have a lease agreement signed by the end of March next year.
DOW CHEMICAL NAME TAKEN OFF BRITISH STADIUM
December 22, 2011
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London - The Sunday Express says DOW Chemical agreed to remove all its branding from
Britain's Olympic stadium in what was hailed as a victory by campaigners furious at its links to a disaster in India.
The U.S. corporate giant said it was agreeing to the "vision" of the 2012 Games by waiving its sponsorship rights to place its brand on a controversial fabric wrap for the stadium.
Dow spokesman Scott Wheeler said: "The agreement between Dow and Locog was limited to branding of five 'test panels' that were to be removed in the months before the Games and were not part of the final design.
"In mid-summer, Locog and Dow discussed Dow deferring the rights to these five panels to allow free and full execution of the design as determined by Locog. Dow agreed to this to support Locog's and London 2012's vision for the stadium wrap."
Dow never owned or operated the plant in Bhopal and bought Union Carbide in 2001 after the Indian Government had agreed a $470 million settlement in 1989.
However, the firm continues to face lawsuits over compensation to victims. It says remediation of the plant is India's responsibility.
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