Built for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is situated north of London City, near Stratford. The park was originally named the Olympic Park, but was then renamed as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The entire park encompasses the Olympic Village and several sporting venues such as the Olympic Stadium and London Aquatics Centre. The park is overlooked by the ArcelorMittal Orbit which is an observation tower and Britain’s largest piece of public art. In total the park comprises of 9 different constituent sections such as: the London Aquatics Centre, Copper Box, London Velopark, Olympic Stadium, Eton Manor, ArcelorMittal Orbit, East Village, Stratford, London Olympics Media Centre, and The International Quarter. Most of these facilities were opened to the public in March of 2014.
The London Aquatics Centre has two 50 metre swimming pools and a 25 metre diving pool which are all located in an indoor facility. The centre was one of the main venues used for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics where the swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming events occurred.
The Copper Box Arena is a multi-sport venue which was also used during the 2012 Olympics. It was previously known as the Handball Arena, but was renamed because it also hosted fencing and goal ball during the 2012 Olympics.
Lee Valley Velo park is a cycling located at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Replacing the Eastway Cycle Circuit, t was also a permanent venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. It has a velodrom and BMX racing track, as well a \s a 1 mile road course and 5 miles of mountain bike trails.
The Stadium, commonly known as the Olympic Stadium is located at Marshgate Lane. It was constructed in 2012 to primarily serve as the host for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics; it hosted the track and field events, along with the opening and closing ceremonies. Preparation for the stadium started back in 2007 with official construction starting in 2008. It has a capacity of 80,000 which makes it the third largest stadium in England behind Wembley and Twickenham. If you are looking for hotels near twickenham rugby stadium, Park Grand London Heathrow is the best choice. The stadium is located about 6 minutes away from the London St. Pancras rail station. Currently the venue is closed for renovations, but will be reopening for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. After the Rugby World Cup, the stadium will be the home of the West Ham United Football Club. Upon reopening, the stadium will have the largest roof of its kind in the world, a community track, and innovative retractable seating.
Here are the rugby union matches that will be played at the Olympic stadium:
- 2015 RWC Warm-up Game
- 29 August 2015: Barbarians vs. Samoa
The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will host its very first rugby match, while also celebrating the Rugby World Cup’s 125th anniversary. The match will serve as a test event for the Stadium and a warm up fixture for Samoa and the Barbarians.
- 2015 Rugby World Cup Games
- 23 September 2015: France vs. Romania
- 24 September 2015 New Zealand vs. Namibia
- 4 October 2015: Ireland vs. Italy
- 7 October 2015: South Africa vs. United States
- 30 October 2015: Teams to be announced
Eton Manor is the northernmost venue of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is made up of four indoor and six outdoor tennis courts and two hockey pitches. The manor was also used during the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, hosting the wheelchair tennis.
The Arcelor Mittal Orbit is a 114.5 metre tall observation tower and sculpture located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is Britain’s largest piece of public art and is a permanent tribute to the memory of London hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games. Designed by Turner-Prize winning artists Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, this observation tower allows visitors to see the whole of Olympic Park from two different platforms. The name “Arcelor Mittal Orbit” combines the name of steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal’s company “Arcelor Mittal steel” with the original title of “Orbit” which Kapoor and Balmond named it. “Orbit” is meant to represent the radical advancements in the architectural field by combining sculpture and structural engineering. It has been praised and criticized for its design and claiming that it is a vanity project.
The East Village is an area of East London which was designed and constructed as the Olympic Village of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. It has now been converted into a residential district. The London Olympics Media Centre is a large complex built specially for the 2012 London Olympics. After the Olympics, the centre was renamed “Here East.” The International Quarter is a commercial district in Stratford which hosted the London 2012 Olympics.
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