Olympic Stadium (London)
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|Opened|| Unknown (Expected completion by 2011)
|80,000 (25,000 Post Olympics)|
The London Olympic Stadium will be the centrepiece of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The stadium will be located at Marshgate Lane in Stratford in the Lower Lea Valley and will have a capacity for the Games of approximately 80,000. Land preparation for the stadium will begin in mid-2007, with construction beginning in mid-2008 and completion scheduled for mid-2011.
Unlike previous Olympic Stadia, this will be solely for athletics (track & field) and for ceremonial usage. Whereas in previous games the Olympic Stadium has been used for the final of the football tournament, the 2012 football finals will be held at Wembley Stadium, which has a larger capacity and the advantage that the seating is closer to the pitch as there is no athletics track. The stadium will have a distinctive appearance due to its roof, which has been designed to wrap itself around the stadium "in a similar way that muscles support and represent the human body".
On 13 October 2006, LOCOG confirmed that it had selected the Team McAlpine consortium to start negotiations with, in hope to find the contractor fulfilling the eventual design and building contract of the new Olympic Stadium. London 2012:Arsenal Stadium team negotiates for 2012
The ODA received international and national interest to prequalify for the design and construction tender but Team McAlpine was the only consortium to meet all prequalification criteria. Team McAlpine was also the team who delivered the locally acclaimed new Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal FC.
They will now enter into negotiations and hope to officially confirm the appointment in early 2007.
 Post Olympic Legacy
The legacy plans in the London 2012 bid is to have the stadium converted into a 25,000 seat athletics stadium with a sports training, science and medicine center following the 2012 Paralympics.
However some football teams wish to move into the Olympic stadium after the games. If a football team does move into the stadium, the capacity of the stadium would decrease to around 45,000 - 70,000 or stay at its Olympic form of 80,000. However even if a football club does move to the Olympic Stadium, the LOCOG wishes to also hold athletic events at the stadium, as they wish for an athletic legacy for the stadium.
It has been suggested that West Ham United wishes be the tenant after the games.. This proposal was advanced further following West Ham's takeover by the Icelandic consortium, with new Chairman Eggert Magnusson announcing in November 2006 that he would begin discussions with London 2012 and the government about the club eventually moving .
If a football team is denied the stadium, then the 25,000 capacity will go forward as planned.
 External links
- Location of the Olympic Stadium on Google Maps (current photograph was taken in 2006, before construction began -- link accessed 2006-06-06)
|Summer Olympic stadia|
|Athens, 1896 • Paris, 1900 • St Louis, 1904 • London, 1908 • Stockholm, 1912 • Berlin, 1916 • Antwerp, 1920 • Paris, 1924 • Amsterdam, 1928 • Los Angeles, 1932 • Berlin, 1936 • Helsinki, 1940 • London, 1944 • London, 1948 • Helsinki, 1952 • Melbourne, 1956 • Rome, 1960 • Tokyo, 1964 • Mexico City, 1968 • Munich, 1972 • Montreal, 1976 • Moscow, 1980 • Los Angeles, 1984 • Seoul, 1988 • Barcelona, 1992 • Atlanta, 1996 • Sydney, 2000 • Athens, 2004 • Beijing, 2008 • London, 2012|