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Old Posted Jul 3, 2005, 3:23 PM
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So what occupies that site now?
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Currently that part of London, called Stratford is an indusrial wasteland of old railway depots and freight yards.





The site is currently being redeveloped in a massive program split into three areas:
- Stratford International Station; an immense 1km long station will be sunk into a trench where 300kph Eurostar trains will service this area of London, the train journey time to Paris and Brussels from Stratfordwill be 2hrs. To be completed in 2008.
- Stratford City; Totally new city quarter of hundreds of buildings, several dozen above 12 storeys and a few options for 150m+ and/or 200m+ towers.
- Olympic Park; Speaks for itself - a large area combining not only the main stadium, via various other arenas....some (eg Aquatic Centre + Hockey Stadiums) are under construction at this moment


In this plan you get a clearer view of what it will look like. The station is the long line going right-left towards the centre of the image. Stratford City is the tear drop (and the square bulge to the north that will become the Olympic Village for athletes and officials) that surrounds the 1km station trench and the Olympic Park is all viewable in colour. The large strips running through the park are immense public paths to allow high volumes of walking traffic to radiate to all transport nodes and stadiums with ease. After the Olympics, the area will see these paths go and a whopping 800acre park will be created....Central Park for comparison is 843acres and it will be the largest urban park created in Europe for some 100 years.

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Old Posted Jul 3, 2005, 8:55 PM
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Awesome plan. Thanks for the info.
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Old Posted Jul 3, 2005, 8:57 PM
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wow, the millenium dome arena looks like it will have an awesome interior.
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Old Posted Jul 6, 2005, 1:17 PM
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Well it looks like a few more stadia and arenas are going to be built in London then!


Another 80,000 seater capacity by 2012 will mean London will have 3 stadiums above 80,000 (Wembley, Twickenham and the 2012 Olympic Stadium), more than most countries and definately more than any other city on the planet. The Captial of Stadium and Sports for sure!


....Gustav Holst's Jupiter anyone....
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Old Posted Jul 6, 2005, 4:44 PM
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They showed Lower Lee Valley on CNN....there is really alot of work currently going on there.


Twickenham...

The South Stand will be Demolished SUNDAY!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/4649445.stm

2007 will be a good year for London stadia....this, the Dome the Aquatics centre and the Veledrome all should be completed it 2007
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nick_taylor: Thank for all thoses infos and congratulation for London 2012.
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Oh and thr redevelopment of The Valley was approved a few days ago.
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go London!!


does Twickenham play a role in the 2012 Olympics??
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go London!!


does Twickenham play a role in the 2012 Olympics??
Sorry for the slow response - kinda been awkward since a certain 'incident' impeded my life at London Liverpool Street station yesterday, but business as usual!


Twickenham will be upgraded fully to 82,000 capacity before the 2012 Olympics (demolition of the old stand is beginning I do believe at this very second), but even though it will have a larger capacity than the actual Olympic Stadium....it will not play a role in the Olympics. Although with baseball and softball knocked out of the Olympics for 2012, rugby could enter (its the third most played sport after football and cricket) and Twickenham could play a role.


A look at London 2012 Olympic Venues can be viewed here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/othe...de/4608029.stm


Wembley at a whopping 90,000 capacity though will hold football (As will other football stadiums in the UK). Another fact about Wembley not mentioned yet, is that its so large, that it will hold London's 4 largest restaurants.
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How does Rugby translate to such a short event? Its not like baseball or softball that could be played twice a day, every day if it had to.
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Not enough energy in the human body...

Rugby is next to only boxing for physical demand.

And boxing matches are once every few months.
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Old Posted Jul 13, 2005, 10:03 AM
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doesn't surprise me at all that London got the Olympics , defenatly the sports capitol of Europe !!

what an impressive thread , thanks
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^^ Sports capital of Europe - sports capital of the world more like
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Im surprised they havnt started putting the seats in yet.

Mind you they are all cushioned, maybe they want the roof finished first to protect them.

I also think the stadium will be finished long before the 2006/2007 season starts.
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Are all the seats in the new Emirates going to be actual cushioned seats or will these be for the season ticket holders?
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Sports Capital of a lot of the old British Empire.

As for sports like Rugby, American football becoming Olympic, they'd have to play like half or 1/3 of a game the way that boxing is reduced to 3 rounds. Though Europe doesn't seem to like softball and baseball, they are very popular in the Americas, Australia and eastern Asia. They are very conducive of being played multiple times in a short period. Perfect for Olympic competition. Will be interesting to see who wins the Baseball World Cup next year. I'd go with the Dominican Republic. That is a true all-star team.
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!!!!UPDATE!!!!




Wembley





















Not long to go now








Owlhorn - One of the better legacies of the British Empire I might add was indeed football, rugby, hockey, cricket, golf, tennis, etc... Then again other nations have adopted these sports. China's favourite sport is now football (overtaking ping-pong/table tennis around 6 years ago), then you have Brazil and Argentina - two countries with some of the most immense football histories of any nation around but they were not British colonies (although Britain did influence them at one time or another). In these countries people have committed suicide (famously several people did so when Brazil lost at home in the Maracana). If you go to South + Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa the majority of countries will support one dominant sport: football. Cricket is the 2nd most played sport in the world and this is mainly due to it being the dominant sport in old British India (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh), Australia, various African countries and amongst the islands in the Caribbean.

In the US the preferred sport to play if your female is football (soccer) and the fastest growing male sport is none other than football. Also to add to the debate we are having here, baseball is a spur sport from cricket and rounders (both invented in the UK), American Football is a spin-off/reaction to rugby (also invented in the UK) and ice hockey too is a spin off from traditional hockey played on grass (also a game invented in the UK).

Sports invented in the UK simply don't just dominate former colonies, they dominate other countries that Britain had very little influence over (eg China, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Turkey, etc) when compared to say Australia, India, South Africa, etc... I also believe FIFA estimated that within 15 years football would be the dominant sport in the US. London just so happens to be at the crossroads of most of these sports in terms of history and stadiums - more so than any other city in the world. New York for instance by 2012 will have only 3 stadiums and arenas above 20,000 all-seating.....London will have 15 stadiums and arenas above 20,000 all-seating, including 3 80,000+ stadiums. No other city on the planet has the history, the sporting legacy, the impact on global sport and the stadium capacity that London has and continues to expand on.
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Are all the seats in the new Emirates going to be actual cushioned seats or will these be for the season ticket holders?

All 60,000 seats will be cushioned.

Here is a small pic of one


http://www.arsenal.com/emiratesstadi...+-+Latest+News
Info on the seats...and two more pics.



Twickenham Redevelopment

Twickenham's South Stand was demolished on Sunday as part of a rebuilding scheme to increase the stadium's capacity to around 82,000.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/4649445.stm


http://www.rfu.com/microsites/sstand/design.cfm
Much much info on the redevelopment....including detailed Diagrams.

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What other stadiums have all padded seating????
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