Summer Olympics is being anticipated by its participating countries across the globe. It is also known as the Games of the Olympiad wherein rules are governed by the International Sports Federation for the games that will be held on July 27 up to August 12, 2012. Its hosting country this year is London and this is the third time that they would host this big multi-sport event. The first time that they hosted it was in 1908, and the second opportunity took place in 1948. It is anticipated that this event would be participated by 205 countries that would be joining the 300 events while the other 147 nations will participate in Paralympic Games. This event happens every four years and the United States has hosted this Olympics four times. There other interesting facts you have to know about the upcoming London Olympics this year, and here they are:
10. Places Where Olympics Games Be Held
The game will not just be confined in one area since this is multi-sport event, you could watch the games in various areas of the Olympic Park in London. There would be beach volleyball, football, and Viking. Some of the places where games will happen are Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake, Central London, Wimbledon, Wembley Stadium, Greenwich Park, Earl’s court, and O2 Arena.
9. The Greenest Olympic Ever
You might wonder why the Olympic would be held in the most depressed district in London, but the main purpose is to promote greener environment that would start on the Olympic itself. In fact, there are about 75% of trees that have been planted, recycling has been promoted in greater length, and lesser use of cars as means for transportation will be eliminated on the big event.
8. Get to Know London’s Mascot
Any team in any sport represents something, but the closes tradition to that is the Mascot named Wenlock who would be wearing colorful friendship bands. The mascot wears headlight on the head while its face is shaped like a stadium roof. This mascot was named after Much Wenlock Olympian Games as an honor, and respect to them.
7. The Meaning of the Olympic Flame
Are you aware that the flame would continue to shine in the next 70 days and this was designed by one of the designers of the torch? In a typical Olympic game event, there is an assigned torch bearer at the start of the event but in this upcoming London Olympics 2012, there are about 8,000 people who would have the opportunity to be the torchbearers.
6. More Jobs in London
Since an Olympic Park has been built and created, it is expected that 12, 000 more new jobs would be opened before the Olympics begin.
5. The Olympic Will Boost London’s Economy until 2015
Since it will be well attended by other countries, there is a high percentage of possible investment from other nations which would boost the country’s economy especially the place in London where it will be held. In fact, the estimated growth would be around $80 billion by 2015.
4. The Construction of the Park
For everyone’s information, the construction of park has started in May 2008, and 5, 250 people were hired to work on the completion of the park. Once the park is done, it will be recognized as the largest urban parks in the history of Europe.
3. The Olympic Park
Despite of the criticism that it received because of the issues on the budget which was allocated to the whole project, nonetheless, it has pushed through. In fact, the description of this project is very complex not just on the resources but on the process of building it. You could find here the Olympic Village for the athletes, observation tower, public art, and various sport venues within. Moreover, the park will be renamed after the Olympics 2012 is over as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which is in commemoration to the 60th anniversary of the beloved Queen of the United Kingdom. EDAW Consortium has designed of this park while working with WS Atkins and Arup.
2. The Cost of London Olympics 2012
Prior to the final proposal of bidding for the Olympics 2012, there were nine countries that have made their bidding proposals wherein included on the their final draft are the cities where it would be held. By July 06, 2005, the final place for Olympics 2012 was awarded to London defeating Paris on its last round. The approximate cost that has been projected for this project is £20 billion, but the total contribution has reached £625 million from the people in London.
1. The Capacity of Stadium
It might the lightest stadium that would be ever built in the history, but its capacity is 80,000 wherein it would automatically ranked as the third largest stadium following Wembley and Twickenham Stadium.