20 Facts You Didn’t Know About London Olympics 2012
Everyone is eagerly waiting for the grand event to start. The 2012 London Olympic Games is one of the most awaited events of the year – preparation for which had started several years ago. But before you prep up for the actual games, accustom yourself with a few lesser known facts about the majestic event. Listed below are 20 facts you didn’t know about London Olympics, 2012.
1. The designing and construction of the Olympics stadium where the London Olympics are set to take place took a total of five years – from 2007 to 2012. It has been built in the Stratford district of London on a 500 acre urban wasteland.
2. The Olympics stadium can house 80000 spectators at a time and is also the lightest Olympic stadium ever built. It is 53 m high.
3. Around 5250 laborers have been working on the construction of the Olympics stadium since 2008.
4. The 2012 London Olympic Games will drastically affect the economy of London. The London economy is projected to grow up to $80 billion by the year 2015.
5. About 12000 new job opportunities will be generated and the 2012 London Olympics will have more than 60 sponsors.
6. The total investment in the 2012 London Olympic Games is expected to be £20 billion, including an amount of £625 million contributed by the general public of London.
7. All sports equipment used in the 2012 London Olympics will eventually be donated as charity.
8. About 300 countries will be participating in the London Olympics – 147 countries will take part in Paralympics.
9. A total number of 26 Olympic sports and 19 Paralympic games will be played.
10. Once the Olympics are over, the venue will be deconstructed, refurbished and relocated. About 90% of the used material will be recycled and reused elsewhere.