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Old April 26th, 2008, 06:11 PM   #61
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PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AT THE DOWNING STREET
WEBSITE TO MAKE THE 'FIRST DAY' OF 2012 OLYMPICS
A NATIONAL HOLIDAY FOR THE UK


Click below and sign> if you support

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/2012Holiday/

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give a chance for folk to trully enjoy the park and the olympics/buildings
or to watch/celebrate in the UK
got my vote!! hpe u do the same in 2016 for me!!
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Old April 26th, 2008, 06:44 PM   #62
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PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AT THE DOWNING STREET
WEBSITE TO MAKE THE 'FIRST DAY' OF 2012 OLYMPICS
A NATIONAL HOLIDAY FOR THE UK (July 27th 2012)


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give a chance for folk to trully enjoy the park and the olympics/buildings
or to watch/celebrate in the UK
What exactly do you mean by the 'First Day'? The Friday of the Opening Ceremonies only? Or the next day, Saturday, which is the first day of full-blast competition?

Why would they want to make the Friday-OC a 'national holiday'?

1. Think of the many man-hours lost.
2. Nothing's really going on except for those working the Opening Ceremony that night; and the crowds going.

3. Security and Olympic authorities wouldn't want EXTRA thousands of people milling around Olympic Park that evening, without purpose. Whatever wide-screens for public viewing would probably be spread out all over the city rather than just concentrated in Olympic Park. There are security reasons for NOT concentrating and centralizing everything in one spot.

4. The UK will have spent enough for those Games. I don't think they want another few hundred thousands of labor man-hours frittered away.
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Old April 26th, 2008, 06:57 PM   #63
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going with the Official first day 27th ,opening ceremony day as it says above.......its not
just about London , chance for other UK areas to do there
bit......on this day too, eg several uk cities want to celebrate sport in there own way...

however its not very often, that the UK gets the 'olympics' ( not just about London) so a national holiday would be a good thing to mark this..

also joe public may like the idea of a day...the Brits do like there sport!

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Old April 26th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #64
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Yeah but we like proper sports like football and rugby, not wrestling and gymnastics!
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Old April 26th, 2008, 09:38 PM   #65
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Yeah but we like proper sports like football and rugby, not wrestling and gymnastics!
brits show up for anything. expect packed venues
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Old April 27th, 2008, 10:29 AM   #66
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What about the Pods?

From bdonline

The main features of the design are:

Bowl - a sunken bowl built into the ground for the field of play and lower permanent seating, designed to bring spectators close to the action;
Seats – 25,000 permanent, 55,000 demountable;
Roof - a cable-supported roof will stretch 28m the whole way around the stadium, providing cover for two thirds of spectators;
Wrap – a fabric curtain will wrap around the stadium structure, acting as additional protection and shelter for spectators;
Pods – facilities such as catering and merchandising will be grouped into self-contained ‘pod’ structures, adding to the spectator experience around the access level of the stadium.

So all the facilities are going to be located outside the stadium and the spectator experience is going to be added to by having to leave the stadium completely whilst the actions going on to go for a pee or buy a drink?

What are these "Pods" going to look like?

Personally I'd like to see some of the pavilions from the Serpentine Gallery or the AA summer pavilions relocated to the Olympic site.

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Just imagine some of these relocated to the Olympic Park.
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Old April 27th, 2008, 01:04 PM   #67
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Great idea. These would look absolutely awesome dotted around the stadium. Though I'm sure toilet facilities will be built into the stadium.

'Pods' are so turn-of-the-century
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Personally I'd like to see some of the pavilions from the Serpentine Gallery or the AA summer pavilions relocated to the Olympic site.
this again proves that temporary need not be minimal or uninspiring.
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Old April 28th, 2008, 06:38 PM   #69
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But in the case of the Olympic Stadium, unfortunately, it is.
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Old April 28th, 2008, 06:47 PM   #70
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But in the case of the Olympic Stadium, unfortunately, it is.
yeah well nothing we can do about it.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 11:55 AM   #71
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North towards the Olympic bowl (image thanks to Metroranger)

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and yes the electric pylon's are going...great images Metroranger
keep them coming..thought I would ad to the 2012 stadium thread because
shows the bowl,thanks mate!

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Old May 6th, 2008, 05:17 PM   #72
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Olympic Delivery Authority budget is £496m for state of the art stadium

Fears are growing that the price tag for the 2012 Olympic stadium in east London has risen nearly 10 per cent to £540m, in yet another financial blow for the games.

An Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) spokesman insisted that the budget remained £496m. However, a source close to the project argued that this price could not be met.

The source added: "This is about design development, ensuring that all sustainability and design commitments are met. This is state of the art and highly sustainable and that costs tens of millions."

Sir Robert McAlpine, which built Arsenal Football Club's acclaimed Emirates Stadium, signed an agreement with the ODA last month to construct the Olympic centrepiece. The group is on heavy incentives to meet the budget, but every project tender is "open book", meaning that sub-contractors could come in with higher-than-expected costs.

The London Olympics have suffered many financial blows, the most serious being the near quadrupling of the overall bud-get from £2.375bn to £9.3bn. The athletes' village is in difficulties as developer Lend Lease struggles to raise funds in the credit markets, and the company is also arguing with ODA over infrastructure costs.

However, sources said that the ODA and CLM, the private sector Olympic delivery partner, have been "juggling" costs at the main park where the key venues will be located. One source said: "We have saved a couple of hundred million in procurement, for example ordering steel early before prices go up."

This means that the ODA, headed by David Higgins, has not yet dipped into its £2bn contingency funds.

The ODA spokesman said: "There is endless speculation about Olympic costs. The sta-dium budget has been published and remains at £496m. We are making great progress on site, starting construction three months early [at the end of this month], and are confident the overall budget and contingency is realistic. We will provide an update on the budget in the summer."
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Old May 8th, 2008, 12:30 PM   #73
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Work to start on Olympic stadium in two weeks

The Olympic Stadium will be the centrepiece of the Games

Building work on London's Olympic stadium will begin in two weeks' time, the BBC has learnt.

The £496m stadium in east London will start to take shape on 22 May.

The 80,000-seat stadium will be the centrepiece for the 2012 Games and will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics events.

Once the Olympics are over, it will be turned into a 25-000-seat community venue and could also become home to a lower-league football or rugby club.

The construction work is about three months ahead of schedule as work to clear the site has progressed quicker than expected, the BBC's sports correspondent James Pearce said.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said many buildings have been demolished and 800,000 tonnes of contaminated soil has been removed since the clearing work in the Lea Valley area began in July 2007.
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Old May 9th, 2008, 07:24 PM   #74
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Will all those power lines be put underground?
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Old May 9th, 2008, 08:35 PM   #75
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Will all those power lines be put underground?
yes, work to start doing that is due to start very soon
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Will all those power lines be put underground?
yes tunnels have been built , so the powerlines can be removed
and go under ground........one of the first things they did!
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Great to see work is starting
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Old May 12th, 2008, 01:20 AM   #78
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I don't understand why they will reduce the capacity after olympics. Maybe a major team in London will like to use it as home (either rugby or football). I believe that an olympic stadium should always remain as it was built as some kind of historic monument. I really hope someone uses it.
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Not going to happen. It will retain an athletics track and for that reason alone no football clubs will want it.
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Stadium Breaking Earth Ceremony

A ‘breaking earth ceremony ’ is expected next week at the stadium site, to mark the start work on the new Olympic stadium . The ceremony is expected to have several dignitaries and members of the International Olympic Committee coordination commission, which is making its annual visit to inspect progress.

The mayor will attend his first meeting of the Olympic board this afternoon, the agenda likely to be dominated by preparations for the arrival next week of the International Olympic coordination committee. The IOC's three-day visit will provide the mayor with an early chance to meet perhaps the most crucial stakeholders in the Games.

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