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The London Olympic Stadium 80,000 seats
The Olympic Stadium has been designed in an innovative way that allows for an 80,000 seat Athletics stadium to be converted into a more easily maintained 25,000 seat venue after the Games.
The London Olympic stadium is very diffrent from the previous stadiums of the Olympic games.
The stadium is designed to change and scale down to 25,000 and not reflect other stadiums
of the past that had little use after the games had gone.
A roof will stretch around the Stadium to provide cover and support the lighting and sound systems used to stage the Games. It will also provide a base for special effects during the ceremonies. The Stadium will be built to international track and field standards for athletes.
THE LONDON OLYMPIC BOWL
HOK Sport and Peter Cook’s long-awaited designs for the 2012 Olympic stadium were finally unveiled,with a clear emphasis on functionality and
flexibility rather than iconic architecture.
The 80,000 seat stadium will be the centrepiece for the 2012 Games hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics events. It can be converted down to a 25,000 seat permanent stadium after the Games when it will become a new home for athletics and other uses.
ODA chairman John Armitt said: “London’s Olympic stadium is designed to be different. ‘Team Stadium’ have done a fantastic job against a challenging brief - their innovative, ground-breaking design will ensure that the Olympic stadium will not only be a fantastic arena for a summer of sport in 2012 but also ensure a sustainable legacy for the community who will live around it."
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 'large wrap' will go around the stadium structure, acting as additional protection and shelter for spectators;
Sides - will have changing images;
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.
Site - the stadium is on an 'island site' with rivers and cannals around it.
London will have a stadium that will transform after the games and be very diffrent from the previous stadiums because it will change after the event for local use and be made of sustainable materials,this stadium will set a brand new bench mark for all future stadiums and be a first for the Olympics.
The stadium site is cleared..
The budget for the Olympic Stadium of £496m was published in October last year
Work starts shortly of the stadium build...as the site is handed over to the Build Team.