Venues and Infrastructure of 2012 Summer Olympics of London

On 27 July 2012 Summer Olympics will begin with a magnificent opening ceremony in London. Wikimapia users are fond of Olympics and already have tagged all Olympic venues in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. On basis of these information we prepared a guide of the forthcoming event for you.


View on Olympic Park

To get an idea of 2012 Olympics geography you need to find London on the map and switсh on ‘olympic venue’ category. You’ll see a group of buildings to the north-east of the city center - the Olympic Park that covers parts of Stratford, Bow, Leyton and Homerton in East London.
To start the journey through Olympic Park you should come to Stratford International Railway Station. Exit the station and you’ll get right to Westfield Stratford City - the gateway to the Olympic Park, with 70% of visitors to the games projected to pass through it. That’s a nice place for shopping, buying some souvenirs or having dinner. The shopping centre includes 300 stores, 70 restaurants, a Vue Cinema, a bowling alley, and a casino.

Passing through Westfield Stratford City you’ll see the most important Olympic venues - Olympic stadium, where opening and closing ceremonies will take place, and Aquatics Centre. Olympic stadium is situated on a picturesque Stadium Island, surrounded by waterways. It is not the official name of the island yet, though it has come into common use.

Olympic stadium & Aquatics Centre

Right in front of the stadium is the Orbit Tower.
The colossal steel sculpture is Britain's largest piece of public art,
and is intended to be a permanent, lasting legacy of
London's hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Sited between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre,
it allows visitors to view the whole Olympic Park from two observation platforms.

Orbit Tower

Aquatics Center is the venue for swimming, diving, and synchronised swimming events of the Summer Olympics. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the Aquatics Centre has a distinctive design incorporating a curved roof. It contain two 50-metre swimming pools and a 25 metre diving pool and have a capacity of 17,500.
On the other hand of the Railway Station is the 2012 Olympic Village, which seems a pleasant place for living. 2800 homes are built here for the olympics, and another 1500 being added on after the games. The buildings will be mixed used, with shops and cafes on the bottom floors and 2-4 bedroom houses.
Right behind the village there is the Basketball Arena, that will host the basketball preliminaries and handball semi-finals and final, and the London Velodrome with BMX Circuit.

Eton Manor is the northernnmost area of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It will house temporary training pools for participants in aquatics events, including three 50m pools for swimmers, and smaller pools for synchronised swimmers and water polo competitors.
The Handball Arena for the handball preliminaries and quarter finals and modern pentathlon fencing and shooting events of the 2012 Summer Olympics is located between the stadium and Summer Olympics Media Center. Nearby is Olympic Hockey Center.

Far from the Olympic Park, behind the Themes,
there are two more buildings that are related to Summer Olympics:
ExCeL London, a large purpose-built exhibition and conference center
where boxing, fencing, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting
and wrestling events of the 2012 Summer Olympics will take place,
and The O2 (Formerly The Millennium Dome),
where the artistic gymnastics and basketball finals will be held.

Millennium Dome

On the opposite side of London city there is famous Wembley Stadium.
Among the events hosted at Wembley Stadium is
the football final of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Wembley Arena is located nearby.
During the 2012 Olympics, it will host the badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events.

Wembley Stadium

If you planning to take a break between Olympic events and see some London city sights, you may filter all objects by 'interesting places' category and undoubtedly find something to satisfy your taste.
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