In the past stadiums of previous Olympics have been criticised for being underused after the event. To counteract this, the 2012 will be demountable with the seating and stands being reused at sports venues across the UK.
The £450M demountable stadium concept was developed in response to an International Olympic Committee (IOC) commissioned report that recommended Olympic venues leave a better legacy for future use. The result is a stadium that can be converted in an economic way.
The 80,000 seat arena is designed with athletes in mind. This means although it contains vast open space it isn’t a wind tunnel and that it creates the feeling of an enclosed space so that it can retain the unique noise and atmosphere created by an Olympic audience. The stadium has been designed to look like an organic structure that rises out of the ground, crowned by a spectacular array of roof sections that suggest the rippling muscles of an athlete.
The Olympic stadium will be completed in 2011.