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Old Posted Apr 1, 2012, 5:16 PM
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a very cool and innovating idea.
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I think its quite obvious that this is a april 1st joke.

Does anyone know why they don´t use the Millenium stadium as olympic stadium ?
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I think its quite obvious that this is a april 1st joke.

Does anyone know why they don´t use the Millenium stadium as olympic stadium ?
because its in wales
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Old Posted Apr 7, 2012, 3:01 PM
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Oh wait, got confused. I meant the Wembley-Stadium. I mean its huge and new and not used by any club, so why not just use this one ??
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Oh wait, got confused. I meant the Wembley-Stadium. I mean its huge and new and not used by any club, so why not just use this one ??
the football 5ournament is taking place there
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Old Posted Apr 8, 2012, 4:00 PM
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  • It doesnt' have an athletics track
  • Wembley is hosting many matches in the Olympic football tournament.
  • The regeneration potentil would have been a lot less with a Wembley centred plan because...
  • London's plan was for a new Park in East London with an athletics legacy post-2012. Using Wembley (perhaps with a platform supported track) would've meant the plan would've been more spread out and left no athletics centre post-Games as promised.
  • The promise of an athletics stadium post-Games in a dedicated sports-park differentiated our bid from Paris'. I'm quite certain had London proposed Wembley, we'd be gearing up for Paris 2012 now, and the Olympic Park site would still look similar to this:


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Here's the Olympic Park 10 years ago:


Fridge dump - site of Aquatics Centre


Abandoned warehouse - site of main stadium


Another photo of the Olympic Stadium site





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Here's how it looked in mid-2011, still a year away from completion:









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You're quite welcome to see more progress at the London 2012 forums at SSC.
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stanton williams: eton manor

london-based firm stanton williams has sent images of the recently completed 'eton manor', a venue for the olympic and paralympic aquatic training for the london 2012 olympic park. accommodating 10,500 spectators for wheelchair tennis events and 3,000 for hockey games, the complex revitalizes its immediate context while creating a northern gateway into the park. the land has been reshaped to create smooth and accessible transitions from the area to bridges and facilities. a freshly layered site engages with its surroundings, tranforming the original heritage of the community center into a location for sporting legacy.








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Thanks RobH, i guess that makes sense then.
London has to be the city with the most top-notch stadiums.
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I love how the Shard is peeking up on the horizon in the right-hand corner... Well done London!
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The wrap's starting to be installed. Two panels down, 334 to go!

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London - Stratford 2012 Olympic Hub & Shopping Centre

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Biggest thing that bothers me about the Olympic Park is that 1. They aren't letting the public in unless they buy a specific ticket, and built a gigantic electrified Berlin Wall around it, and 2. the flipping torch is inside the stadium, away from public view.
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I haven't been in the park yet, I will be going to a football/soccer match next week, but I can say from outside that the stadium looks pretty bland and boring, nothing close to as impressive as the Bird's Nest in Beijing (which I saw in person as well) but maybe I'll like it more when I am closer.

The aquatic center is gorgeous.

The giant red exhaust pipe is an abomination.
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Biggest thing that bothers me about the Olympic Park is that 1. They aren't letting the public in unless they buy a specific ticket, and built a gigantic electrified Berlin Wall around it, and 2. the flipping torch is inside the stadium, away from public view.
I'll have to check, but I think that this is the first time that an Olympic Park has been 'opened' up to the public in the modern era with 'passes'. Unfortunately it looks like demand was off the charts as I too was unable to get passes.

The gated aspect to the park is unfortunate, but an IOC requirement (principally a relic of the events in Munich, as is the 'security road' that runs around the perimeter), in legacy mode the park will be opened up entirely.

The approach to the flame is definitely unique, but then that’s trademark London: being different and challenging the norm. I believe it was Thomas Heatherwick (the designer of the cauldron) who reflected that over the years the approach to the cauldron had become sterile, with little design evolution and a growing lack of intimacy. Interestingly I believe the 1948 cauldron was also resided inside the stadium.
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I haven't been in the park yet, I will be going to a football/soccer match next week, but I can say from outside that the stadium looks pretty bland and boring, nothing close to as impressive as the Bird's Nest in Beijing (which I saw in person as well) but maybe I'll like it more when I am closer.

The aquatic center is gorgeous.

The giant red exhaust pipe is an abomination.
IIRC the Olympic Stadium here is temporary (or at least partially temporary) whereas the Beijing one was permanent. The Aquatics Centre is permanent, but the white "wings" on the sides of it are temporary. Other than that I think the Water Polo arena and Basketball Arena are temporary as well.
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IIRC the Olympic Stadium here is temporary (or at least partially temporary) whereas the Beijing one was permanent. The Aquatics Centre is permanent, but the white "wings" on the sides of it are temporary. Other than that I think the Water Polo arena and Basketball Arena are temporary as well.
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Olympic Park Venues - Permanent
Copper Box, Handball Arena (7,000)
Velodrome (6,000)

Olympic Park Venues - Permanent with Temporary Additions
Olympic Stadium (80,000 > 25,000-60,000)
Aquatics Centre (17,500 > 2,500+)
Eton Manor (10,000 > TBC)

Olympic Park Venues - Temporary
Basketball Arena (12,000)
Riverbank Arena 1 (15,000)
Riverbank Arena 2 (5,000)
Water Polo Arena (5,000)

Across London and the South East there are a whole host of entirely temporary venues (Greenwich Park for Equestrian, Royal Artillery Barracks for Shooting and Horse Guards Parade for the Beach Volleyball), and utilisation of existing venues or sites (ExCeL, the O2, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Wimbledon, Wembley Arena, etc...) with various amendments or temporary seating. You then have all the football stadia across the UK, including Wembley in London

Outside of the Olympic Park, only the Lea Valley White Water Centre and Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy are permanent.
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