Countdown to the Olympic Games: 15 Facts about Olympic Park

With around 300 days to go before the 2012 Olympic Games, we thought we’d find out a bit more about the impressive Olympic Park and stadium.

  1. The Olympic Park project was a deemed a huge success in construction terms, taking less than three years to build (way ahead of schedule) and coming in £10 million under budget.
  2. The Stadium seats 80 000 spectators for sports events.
  3. It is the lightest Olympic stadium ever built.
  4. The Velodrome is geared to be the fastest indoor cycling track in the world.
  5. The wave shaped roof on the Aquatics Centre measures 12 000 square metres – one and a half times bigger than the Wembley football pitch.
  6. Olympic park cost £486 million to construct.
  7. An estimated 5 200 people were directly involved in the building operations and 320 UK businesses were involved in the project.
  8. The International Broadcast Centre at Olympic Park will be a non-stop media hub for approximately 20 000 broadcasters, journalists and photographers.
  9. The Games will be broadcast an estimated 4 billion people worldwide.
  10. This will be the first Olympic Games with HD freeze-frame.
  11. It took 1000 working days to build the stadium.
  12. The stadium has 14 lighting towers and 532 individual flood lights
  13. The ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor is the centrepiece of London’s Olympic Park, towering 115 metres from the ground, with spectacular views of London’s skyline from special platforms.
  14. 5 new bridges were built to increase access to Olympic Park.
  15. Before building started, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), assisted by the Museum of London, carried out detailed investigations into the heritage of the site and found more heritage than they bargained for! Several artefacts were unearthed, including a Roman coin dating back to 330-335 AD, several pieces of ancient pottery dating back to the 4th century AD, ancient remains dating right back to the Bronze Age, a 2000 year old hut and an entire cobbled street from around 1850.