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Olympic Venues
The eight stadiums and arenas set in the former east London wastelands, now turned into Olympic Park, were built at a cost of over £9 billion.

Aquatics Centre. Photo: Steve Baits

-          The Aquatics Centre - a three-pool swimming and diving complex designed by Zaha Hadid Architects -  is considered an architectural experience. It is beautifully detailed – with a wave-like ceiling, “holstered hairdryers, esoteric changing rooms” – and more.

-          The £86m velodrome, designed by Hopkins Architects and Expedition Engineering, is a swooping structure that, in April 2012, won an Architecture Award at an awards ceremony hosted by the Design Museum.

-          The 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium, built on an ‘island’ site in the Olympic Park, is where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and Athletic events will take place. It is surrounded by waterways on three sides and linked  via five bridges to the surrounding area. The two Panasonic TV screens inside the Olympic Stadium are 723 inches in size.

-          The innovative Riverbank Arena in the Olympic Park is where hockey will be played. It has two pitches, one with spectator seating and one for use as a warm-up area. The pitches aren’t green – they are pink and blue! Pink is used for the area surrounding the pitch and blue for the field of play – making it easy to spot the yellow ball.

-          The Copper Box will host handball and modern pentathlon. Its roof is fitted with 88 light pipes that allow natural light into the venue, reducing the demand for electric lights. The top half of the venue is clad in 3,000 square metres of external copper cladding – mostly recycled – hence the name Copper Box.

-           The gigantic, tent-like Basketball Arena is covered in 20,000 square metres of a recyclable white PVC fabric. Its black and orange seats represent the colours of a basketball. The Basketball Arena is a temporary venue – it will be taken down after the Games.

-          The 400-metre BMX Track is located next to the Velodrome. Slightly larger than the size of a football pitch, it is a fast and challenging course, which features an eight-metre high ramp at the start, followed by jumps, bumps and tightly banked corners.

-          The lightweight Water Polo Arena, alongside the Aquatics Centre, is distinguishable by its silver-coloured wrap and inflatable roof.  It is the first bespoke Water Polo venue for an Olympic Games.Its unique sloping design slopes upwards from 6m to 25m.

Other action-drenched venues in spotlight will be:

-          Excel  - the most exciting of venues in terms of the sports – Boxing, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Judo, and Taekwando

-          Cycling on Box Hill

-          Football in the City of Coventry Stadium, Hampden Park, Millenium Stadium, St Jame’s Park, Wembley Stadium

-          Volleyball in Earl’s Court

-          Rowing and Canoe Sprint in Eton Dorney

-          Equestrian in Greenwich Park

-          Swimming at Hyde Park

-          Archery at Lord’s

-          Athletics at The Mall

-          Badminton & Gymnastics at Wembley Arena

-          Tennis at Wimbledon


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