London Unveils 2012 Olympic Stadium
Detailed plans for the stadium which will host the 2012 Olympic Games in London were unveiled by organizers on Wednesday.
The 80,000-seat venue in Strafford, East London will cost 496 million pounds (£I.04B) and will be scaled down to a 25,000 capacity venue after the Games with its main use for athletics.
The design includes a sunken bowl featuring permanent seating for 25,000 spectators, with the remaining 55,000 seats in a temporary structure at the top.
The stadium, which will have a roof covering about two thirds of the seating areas, is surrounded by water on three sides.
Design chief Rob Sheard said that the Olympic flame might not be attached to the stadium itself, but placed just north of the venue.
Construction will begin next year and finish by the summer of 2011.
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Source: CnnTags: Olympic Stadium | Olympic Games | London