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Work begins on 537m Olympic stadium field in Stratford

London Olympic Stadium
The structure of the 537m stadium is complete

Work has begun on the field in the £537m Olympic Stadium in east London.

The structure of the stadium has been completed and the focus is on laying the ground and track where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said ducts and drainage systems are being installed before the turf and track are laid next year.

The first batch of black and white seats will be fitted by this summer in the venue in Stratford.

Stadium 'on track'

ODA chair John Armitt said: "Only two years ago, the stadium site was a flat piece of ground.

"A huge amount has been achieved since then, with the venue now structurally complete and at its full height.

"Work is progressing on covering the roof and the first seats will be fitted this summer. The continuing progress means the stadium is still on track to be completed a whole year before the 2012 Games."

More than 12,000 concrete seating terracing units are in place and the 450-tonne cable net roof structure has been positioned.

Work has also begun on the 700 rooms and spaces within the stadium, which also includes the toilets and changing rooms.



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