The London Olympic Stadium is located in Stratford, east London. The capacity of the arena will be 80,000 seats during the games, which will make it it the third largest stadium in Britain behind Wembley (90,000 seats) and Twickenham Stadium (82,000 seats).
The construction started on the 22nd of May 2008 and ended on the 29th of March 2011.
The stadium will be the main venue of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, as well as the 2017 World Championships in Athletics.
The architects behind the design are Populous (formerly HOK Sport) – a studio that specialises in working on sports venues. Buro Happold was responsible for the structural engineering.
The total cost of this project amounted to £486 million.
There will be no food services in the arena which will make the design more sustainable. This was inspired by the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Gremany, where the supporters would gather around in special zones to get their drinks and food. The toilets would be made from recycled shipping containers and have water and sewege system contained within, which would cut down the costs of plumbing.
After the 2012 event the arena will be converted into a 60,000 permanent seat stadium. It was suppose to be the home of West Ham United, although that deal fell through and currently no decision has been made as to which club will play their matches on this amazing new ground.