Olympic Fever: What You Don't Know Yet About the Stadium
With a little over two months and counting until the Olympic Games 2012 take over London (July 27 to be precise) the city is positively buzzing with excitement. To mark the final countdown, we’re going to do a series of posts leading up to the start of the games to get you in the mood (after all it only comes once every four years).For our first post, we’re going straight to the heart of the action, the Olympic Stadium, which was officially opened in a ceremony in Stratford, East London last week.
You’ve probably seen the photos of it by now but here’s a little trivia that you may not know about where one of the coolest things to do in London will be taking place:
1. It’s not the first Olympic stadium to be built in London… but the second. The first was constructed in 1908 after Rome had to give up hosting due to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius. Back then, the stadium was only £60,000 to construct, but the 2012 venue has cost £500 million.
2. 800,000 tonnes of soil were dug out to construct the stadium, enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall nine times.
3. It’s the lightest Olympic stadium to have ever been built.
4. The stadium’s full capacity is 80,000 people but the upper tier (holding 55,000 seats) is only temporary and may be dismantled after the games leaving just the lower tier which has a more modest capacity of 25,000 people. Let’s be honest, what’s London going to do with an 80,000 person stadium?
5. The stadium measures a height of 62.7 metres which is half the size of the London Eye and the equivalent to the central span of Tower Bridge.
6. The stadium seating follows a black and white colour scheme based on the jagged shards in the London 2012 graphics and logo. The lines are specifically angled to shoot out from the 100m finishing line on the track to represent the point from which the energy radiates.
7. The floodlights above the stadium have been illuminating the stadium since December 2010.
8. The building will be enshrouded in a £7 million wrap made up of individual pieces of fabric that measure 900 metres long by 20 metres high. The wrap will be arranged in such a way that spectators will pass between the panels of fabric into the stadium. The wrap has become a controversial feature since the company Dow Chemical is funding it after government money was pulled in 2010 (Dow Chemicals were black marked back in 1984 following its links with the Bhopal pesticide plant).
And if you’ve haven’t managed to score yourself some golden Olympics tickets during the first two rounds of sales, another 900,000 tickets went on sale last Friday May 11. Visit the official ticket website here.
For more info, check out the Olympics website.
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