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London 2012 Olympic Stadium

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OLYMPIC STADIUM

Where is it?: Olympic Park, Stratford, East London.

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How do you get there?: The Olympic Stadium is situated to the south of the Olympic Park on a small island that can be accessed via five footbridges.

The park can be reached by all modes of transport, but the recommended routes are rail, underground, Docklands Light Railway, bus or coach.

National Rail, London Underground and DLR all serve Stratford station to the east of the park and West Ham station to the south, while Transport for London has bus stops in the area and there will be coach services to the park.

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Capacity: 80,000.

What events will be held there and when?: Opening ceremony (July 27); athletics (August 3-11); closing ceremony (August 12).

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Public facilities: There are no refreshment or merchandise outlets inside the arena. Instead, they will be located in a concourse around the stadium.

History: Construction of the stadium took almost three years, beginning in May 2008 and ending in April 2011. It cost £486million and organisers claim it is the most sustainable stadium ever built, with less steel and concrete used than for other stadia.

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It comprises a lower tier of 25,000 permanent seats and a temporary upper tier of 55,000 which will be removed after the Games.

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It will continue to be a sports venue and will remain in public ownership, after a deal to sell it to Championship football club West Ham United collapsed. The Hammers still remain the most likely tenants, but the stadium will retain its athletics track and, in fact, has been chosen to stage the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

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