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The London Olympic Site

Last Monday, I was very lucky to get a sneak peak at the Olympic Park in London. Not only did I get to see the stadium up close, but I also got the chance to visit the Olympic Park viewing gallery at Holden Point.

Christopher Roberts at the London 2012 Olympic Stadium
Me and the London 2012 Olympic Stadium
 London are ahead of schedule on the build, and it shows, as most of the park looks finished from the outside. They still appear to be working on building the athletes village and the aquatics centre; however the structure of the velodrome, basketball stadium, athletics stadium, handball arena and the all new Westfield Stratford City shopping centre (soon to be the largest in Europe) look finished from the outside.

I am not sure what theme they were going for in the London Olympics, as the main/athletics stadium and the velodrome are the only structures that actually look normal - let me explain. The basketball arena looks like a giant marshmallow, the aquatics centre looks like an oddly shaped Pringle and the handball arena just looks like a giant black box.
On the top of the social housing flat block 'Holden Point' a special extra floor was built especially for the Olympic bid. Many famous people have visited the floor, including Queen Elizabeth II and many important members of the Olympic Committee, so I felt rather privileged to be able to visit it too. Smiley Face

I got some great shots of the Olympic Park from the tower, and you could also see many of London's other famous landmarks, including the O2 Arena, Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, Nelson's Column and the London Eye.

I thoroughly enjoyed the visit, and I am adding some of the best photos of the day to this article.

Very soon you will be able to purchase tickets for Olympic events, with the most expensive seat costing £2,012 and the cheapest seat will cost £20.12, a lovely idea for pricing!
 
The London 2012 Olympics Athletes Village
The Athletes Village - Stratford (Olympic Park)
London are trying to make the games as 'green' as possible transport wise, and are therefore not building any parking facilities. The Olympic park is right next to Stratford International Station, which is linked to most of London, the UK and Europe. The park is also very close to London City Airport, and by the time the games come around, the bus services should also be excellent. If you live in London you could always walk Smiley Face although I suppose it depends how close to the Olympic park you are.

The London 2012 Olympic Games look set to be a good one - I am looking forward to them!

Images: The London 2012 Olympic Park (188KB) The O2 Arena and Canary Warf (Docklands) (182KB) Me at the Olympic Stadium (214KB)

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date written: 19th February 2011, Event date: 14th February 2011

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