London Olympic Stadium construction completed

08:58, March 30, 2011      

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The last piece of turf on the Olympic Stadium's field of play was laid, marking the completion of construction on the London 2012 Olympic Games landmark venue on Tuesday.

Chairman of the IOC Athletes' Commission Frank Fredericks, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman John Armitt, London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe and 400m hurdles Olympic medallist Tasha Danvers have laid the piece of turf together while IOC Coordination Commission chairman Denis Oswald and IOC executive director Gilbert Felli also took part.

Construction started on the Olympic Stadium in May 2008. Over 240 UK businesses have won contracts for the construction of the stadium and over 5,250 people have worked on the project over the past three years.

Armitt said: "The Olympic Stadium has been finished on time and under budget. To complete a complicated project such as this in less than three years is a testament to the skill and professionalism of the UK construction industry."

The final surface of the running track will be laid later this year by LOCOG. This is to ensure it is protected during the programme of temporary overlay including work for ceremonies which may need cranes in the field of play and could damage the track.

Coe described the stadium as "the beating heart of the new Olympic Park", but also insisted that there was still much to do.

"We now come in and do some work in preparation of ceremonies, to dress the stadium to ensure it has a London 2012 feel throughout and of course, the final touch -- to lay the track. By summer, the stadium will be a working venue ready to host a test event before it becomes the center piece of next summer's Olympic Games and Paralympic Games."

During the 2012 Games, the stadium with a capacity of 80,000 will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the Athletics events.

Source: Xinhua
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