About the world-class venue

The London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was the venue for the 2012 Olympic Games and hosted both the 2017 IAAF World Championships and World Para Athletics Championships. The Stadium was also one of the venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and has been the home of West Ham United Football Club since August 2016.

The London Stadium; facts and figures

  • The Stadium was officially opened on 6 May 2012 by nine-year-old Niamh Clarke-Willis at the 2,012 hours to go to the 2012 Olympic Games.
  • For the 2012 Olympic Games, the Stadium was ‘clothed’ in almost a kilometre of cloth
  • During excavation, 800,000 tonnes of soil were removed – enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall nine times over
  • The Stadium has an 860 metre perimeter
  • More than 5,250 people worked on construction between 2008 and 2012
  • The turf used for the Games was grown in Scunthorpe and fitted over three days