The National Lottery players are helping to fund five major brand new sports facilities that include the Olympic Stadium, a new VeloPark, Aquatics Centre, Handball Arena and Hockey Centre.
Thanks to the players of The National Lottery, the Olympic Park in Stratford is taking shape in style - with the 80,000-seater Olympic Stadium fast becoming a stunning focal point.
The arena will be the centrepiece of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, staging the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the track and field programmes. Construction of this stadium began in May 2008 and is on course for completion in the Summer of 2011. The external structure of the stadium is finished, including the sections to support the roof and upper tier terracing. Eight large cranes lifted the 28 steel roof trusses in place, with each truss weighing 15 tonnes. It is expected the roof will be fully complete with the covering installed by autumn 2010.
The International Olympic Committee have been impressed with the fast progress being made and their President Jacques Rogge said: “I am in no doubt that in 2012 we will see a great Games that will make a difference to us all.”
The Olympic Delivery Authority, the body that is in charge of the venues, has now started construction on all permanent venues in the Olympic Park. To the south east corner of the Olympic Park, close to the Olympic Stadium, is another eye-catching site - the Aquatics Centre. The steel frame of the Aquatics Centre’s roof is almost complete and the 2,800 tonne structure will then be lifted into place on three concrete supports.
In another exciting development for London 2012, the Cultural Olympiad, the festival of celebration to go alongside the Games, now has its funding in place thanks to £16m of National Lottery funding, further illustrating the unique way in which National Lottery players’ are supporting London 2012.
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