Building is complete, now it is time to fit out the stadiums

FINDING 510 hurdles, 600 basketballs, 12 handball goalposts and 356 pairs of boxing gloves are just four of the tasks that need to be completed now the building work at the Olympic Park is officially completed.

Organisers have been handed the task of ‘fitting out’ the venues after the construction of the nine main Olympic venues was completed.

There are just 199 days to go to the opening ceremony and organisers need to obtain a million pieces of sports equipment but London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said everything was going to plan.

“The handover of the Olympic Park sounds the starting pistol in the race to get the site and venues ready to host the two biggest sporting events on the planet,” he said.

“In just 200 days time, 200 countries - more than the membership of the United Nations - will be sending 15,000 athletes and 20,000 accredited media to London to create history.


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“There is huge excitement ahead and we want the whole country to start planning their summer.”

A number of the venues and walkways in the 500-acre Olympic Park site have now been named, they are: Riverbank Arena (formerly Hockey Centre); Copper Box (formerly Handball Arena) reflecting the copper cladding; Stratford Walk (formerly Aquatics Centre bridge, the 250m-long land bridge forming the main gateway; London Way, the central spine of the Olympic Park; Orbit Circus, located around the Orbit, the 115m-high visitor attraction in the south of the park.

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Dennis Hone, chief executive of the ODA, said the handover had taken place according to plan.

He said: “We are in fine form ahead of the Games, having built the venues and main infrastructure on time and within budget.”

Also required is the building of 100,000 sq ft of retail space for the Games including a 40,000 sq ft London 2012 mega store; the erection of 11 sponsor showcase areas; and the installation of more than 1,000 picnic benches, 362 toilet blocks, and 165 concessions as well as ticket box offices, information booths and programme sale points and 4,000 waste bins.

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