London Olympic Stadium Completed On Schedule

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 31, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC
London's Olympic stadium was built ahead of schedule and under budget. Photo: Daily Mail

London's Olympic stadium was built ahead of schedule and under budget. Photo: Daily Mail

It was also under budget.

Great news for Olympic fans: The 2012 London Olympic stadium, an 80,000-seat venue, has been completed on time. On Thursday, International Olympic Committee member and four-time silver medallist sprinter Frankie Fredericks ceremoniously laid the turf. Along with being completed on time, the stadium was also £10million under budget. Its total cost was £480million.

London’s mayor, Boris Johnson was at the turf-laying ceremony.

“This is yet another fantastic milestone in the preparations for London 2012,” he said. “The faultless construction of the stadium, on time and under budget, is a shining example of how London is primed and ready to host the greatest show on earth.”

Construction on the venue had lasted 1000 working days.The running track has yet to be laid, since giant cranes are due to arrive to build gantries for the opening and closing ceremonies. A giant Tarmac surface is currently in place where the eventual track will be to accommodate the cranes’ heavy weight.

The stadium was designed and built by Sir Robert McAlpine and his architectural practice, Populous.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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