Olympic Village Park Arenas Stratford London and 2012 Venues

The organizers of the London Olympics 2012 have identified a number of arenas and venues where competitions are going to be held. After London won the bidding as the host, there have been some changes on the details of the venues to be used. Listed below are some of the sure arenas and venues for the London Olympics 2012.

Olympic Zone

The Olympics Zone is full of facilities within a 500 acre lot. It is within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park located in Stratford. The area used to be a waste and industrial land, but because of the Olympics, it was developed and now contains the following:

  • Olympic Press and Broadcast Centers
  • Olympic Village - It houses the accommodation for all the team officials and athletes. In total, it has 17,320 beds which seem to be enough for the participants. After the Olympics, it will be transformed into a district of the Stratford City development.

The construction of the park started in 2006. The Murphy Group got the contract in which they had to remove the power lines crossing the site and have them placed into a tunnel. Meanwhile, civil engineering firms Nuttalls and Morrisons were tasked to work on the land remediation and demolition.
The construction of the venues technically started in as early as April 2008 when the Olympic Stadium was built. Within the same year, the Aquatics Centre was built.
Some competitions will be held in the River and Central Zones. Furthermore, four venues for the Games are outside Greater London: Brands Hatch, Dorney Lake, Hadleigh Farm, Lee Valley White Water Centre and Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Football Stadium Arena

The initial stages of the Olympics 2012 football competition will be held at the football stadia in the United Kingdom, while the finals will be held at Wembley Stadium with 90,000 capacity seats.

Public Transport

Public transport is a crucial element in the London Olympics 2012. Thus, the organizers aim to make public transport convenient for the spectators. They will be spending large sums of money to provide services to the athletes and spectators to make the transfer from one venue to another bearable. Enough parking spaces will be provided as much as possible for the spectators who will be bringing their own vehicles.
Additional Details

  • The goal during the event is to provide public transport means in 90% of the identified venues.
  • More than 90% of the training venues are just 30 minutes away from the athlete's village.
  • There are about 9,000 park and ride spaces where the public can board a javelin service going to the Olympic Park.
  • The organizers will put up two major park and ride sites off with a capacity of 12,000 cards just about 20 minutes from the Olympic Park.

Almost everything is now prepared for the upcoming London Olympics. Almost all hotels and accommodations around the area are fully booked, which spells the overwhelming response of foreigners and locals for this high-level sports event.

Olympic Park Arenas and Venues

The area of the Olympic Park will host the numerous and varied sports of the Olympic Games, from running and swimming to football, tennis and equestrian events. The main Stadium, Athletes Village and the surrounding Arenas and Venues have sprung up since May 2008, when digging began to lay the foundations of the main Stadium.
Here is a break-down guide to the main arenas within the Olympic Park site:

Olympic Stadium

The main focal point of the entire area, the main Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies and many of the events will be held has been constructed using 10,000 tons of steel. 800,000 tons of soil was extracted in the early stages of the build, to dig out the enormous foundations for the Stadium. For the duration of the Games, the capacity of the Stadium will be 80,000. This will be reduced to 25,000 after the Games, by removing a temporary upper seating tier.

Aquatics Centre

The Aquatics Centre has been specially designed to a brilliant aesthetic by world famous architect Zaha Hadid. The distinctive wave-shaped roof houses the 50m pool, 25m diving pool and will have capacity for 17,500 spectators. After the Games, the pool will become a facility for local residents and schools.

The Copper Box

The Copper Box is a uniquely flexible venue, which can adapt to various capacity crowds. With a ceiling entirely covered in natural lighting from 88 specially designed light tubes. These reduce the venues reliance on electrical lighting and provide the Copper Box with a light, outdoors atmosphere, whilst protecting the events from Britain's unpredictable weather. Much of this venue is constructed using recycled materials and rain water collectors on the roof recycle water into the venue, reducing water use by up to 40%.

Velodrome - Cycling Arena

Also built in a consciously sustainable way, the Velodrome has maximised natural lighting, collects and recycles rainwater and has a specially designed natural ventilation system, making electrical air-conditioning redundant. The Velodrome will house the track cycling events and has seating capacity for 6,000 spectators. After the Games the Velodrome will be slightly reconfigured into a facility for the local community, including new BMX and mountain biking tracks.

Basketball Arena

A massive 1,000 tons of steel and over 20,000 square meters of entirely recycled PVC used in its construction, the Basketball Arena is one of the largest specially made venues for any Olympic Games to date. Events will be held within this arena almost every day. Visually striking form inside as well as out, the seats of the arena in black and orange are references to the colour of a basketball. After the Games, the Basketball Arena will be deconstructed, with most materials being reused elsewhere or recycled.