Point of Interest

London Stadium

England / Europe

Built in 2012 to host the London Olympics, the stadium boasts 57,000 seats for football games, 80,000 capacity for concerts and the longest cantilevered roof in the world. The Stadium is owned by the Newham Council and London Legacy Development Corporation that was tasked with regenerating Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the close of the 2012 London Olympics. Legacy Development Corporation have ensured the continued sustainability of the Stadium and surrounding 560 acres of parkland by converting it in to multi-use venue for both sports and the arts. Originally named Olympic Stadium it was converted to London Stadium for use by UK athletics, English Premier League Team West Ham United Football Club, World Rugby League and as a performance space for global touring artists. The Stadium was designed by architects Populous. The surrounding parklands were originally known as Olympic Park but were renamed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Despite this it is not an official Royal Park of London. The park also contains Britain’s largest piece of public art, a towering 114 metre structure known as ArcelorMittal Orbit. The gravity defying sculpture designed by Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond is open to the public via a spiralling walkway and underwent construction in 2014 to create the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide. 

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