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Construction completes on the Olympic Stadium

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On time, under budget and with an exemplary safety record.

The final piece of playing field turf was symbolically laid today at the Olympic Stadium by IOC member and former Olympian Frankie Fredericks, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman John Armitt and London 2012 chair Seb Coe marking the completion of construction on the flagship venue.

“The Olympic Stadium is the stunning centrepiece of the Olympic Park,” said Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt. “Hundreds of businesses from across the UK have been involved in its creation, and I would like to thank all those who have played their part.

“This is another landmark day for the London 2012 project and shows that Britain is at the forefront of the construction world.”

Top class workforce

Construction on the Olympic Stadium began just under three years ago in May 2008 and today sees the stadium completed on time, under budget and with an exemplary safety record with over 5,250 people working on the project over the past three years.

The final surface of the running track will be laid later this year to ensure it’s protection whilst overlay works for ceremonies are carried out.

During the Games, the Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the Athletics track and field events, accommodating 80,000 spectators.

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