Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a 250-acre site that was developed specifically for 2012 Olympics that were held in London. Some of the interesting places in the park are stated below
• London Aquatics Centre: Built in 2009 at a cost of 269 million pounds for indoor pools and was a major venue for Olympic in 2012. It consists of two swimming pools each of 50 meter and one diving pool of 25 meter with a capacity of 17500 seats.
• Copper Box: Multi-sports events were hosted here for Olympics in 2012 but previously it was known as Handball Arena where only handball was played. However for Olympics there was significant renovation. Altogether it is capable of holding 7000 audiences
• London Velopark: On the cost of 105 million pounds it was built by 2011 where first event was of UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series in 2011. After Olympics it was closed for public but hopefully it shall open in the beginning months of 2014 for public. Velopark even have a track for mountain bikes
• Olympic Stadium: The enormous stadium with a capacity of 80,000 people was built on 2011 at a cost of 486 million pound. The stadium was specially built for Olympics and Paralympics of 2012. Opening and closing ceremony of Olympics were held here with other track and field events. It has been a favourite spot for football, cricket, rugby and concerts. Now Rugby World Cup match shall be even held here in 2015
• Eton Manor: Covering an area of 27 acre with capacity to hold an audience of 10500 comprising of 13 courts out of which 9 are for competitions and 4 for warm up. Participants of the aquatic event practiced here in the 50m pools while smaller pools were used for polo competitors. Furthermore, wheel chair competition of 2012 Paralympics was also held here. Soon this place shall be used as Olympic hockey centre.
• Arcelor Mittal Orbit: Anish Kapoor with Cecil Balmond built a 114.5 meter high sculpture in the honour of 2012 Olympics which is titled as the ‘Tallest Sculpture of Britain’. Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman of the Arcelor Mittal steel was awarded the project as out of 19.1 million pound project; Lakshmi Mittal funded with 16 million pounds. It is the new landmark of UK, which has two indoor viewing platforms with the capacity of 150 people in each level. After either taking lift or walking 455 steps staircase visitors has claimed that entire Olympic park is clearly visible from there.
• East Village: Located at east of London was used to accommodate guests of 2012 Olympics, however now it is getting converted into a residential area where all the facilities shall be available including hospital, shops and other commercial zones. Nearby Stratford International station is residing so access to central London is at only about 7 minutes from train
• London Olympics Media Centre: The huge complex was built specifically for 2012 Olympics, although it was previously called as Hackney Wick Stadium. There was a massive renovation and upgrading to be used as a venue of 2012 Olympics. Today it is 275 meter long media hub complex where 20000+ labour (including photographers, printing journalists, broadcasters and many others) work hard day and night to broadcast shows for more than 4 billion viewers. Moreover, complex will facilitate a 900,000 square space for business use.
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