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Facts and figures

The Park in numbers

  • So far, more than 1 million visitors have come to the Park since July 2013
  • 700,000 people attended the Summer Series of events during 2013
  • On average the Park sees 15,000 visitors each week
  • At 560 acres, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the same size as Hyde Park, or equal to Green Park, St. James’s Park, Victoria Park and Alexandra Park put together
  • The Park is covered by 65km of waterways and 111 acres of woods, hedgerows and wildlife habitat
  • More than 1,600 people with disabilities across east London have tried a new sport or physical activity 
  • 525 bird boxes and 150 bat boxes have been installed
  • 950 residents from local estates have been given free tickets to watch basketball team London Lions

A brand new piece of the city, right in the heart of London's East End

Around £300m will be spent on transforming the Olympic site into a new piece of London. This money is spent on

  • Clearing Games overlay including temporary venues, walkways and stands.
  • Connecting the Park to the surrounding areas with new roads and pathways.
  • Completing the Park’s venues to their legacy designs.

£12.5 billion has been invested into the Stratford area by the public and private sectors (not including the cost of building the Park). Examples include:

  • £1.45bn project Westfield (employing 10,000 people, at least 2,000 of whom were previously unemployed local people).
  • £1.3bn Lend Lease development of the International Quarter
  • £200m invested in Stratford Regional Station
  • £10million invested in upgrading pedestrian and cycle routes to the Park venues.
The stadium

  • For the 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
  • At 84 metres at its deepest point, the Stadium roof will be the longest cantilevered roof in the world
  • 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
  • The Stadium is currently closed and will reopen temporarily for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, opening permanently as the new home of West Ham United Football Club and national competition centre for athletics in the UK in 2016

copper box arena

  • 90% of the workforce come from local boroughs
  • The building is clad in responsibly sourced copper which will develop a rich natural colour as it ages
  • 88 lightpipes incorporated in the roof draw natural light into the venue which it is anticipated will achieve annual energy savings of up to 40 per cent
  • The Copper Box Arena is home to London Lions, London’s only professional basketball team, Leyton Netball Club and London GD Handball Club

London aquatics centre

  • The Aquatics Centre has two 50m pools and one 25m diving pool
  • The three pools hold around 10 million litres (2.6 million gallons) of water
  • The cost of adult peak time swimming at the Aquatics Centre matches the average for east London
  • The Aquatics Centre is designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid
  • It will host the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in April 2014 – the first international event to be held at the Centre since the London 2012 Games


  • Lee Valley VeloPark has the capacity to host the full range of cycling events, including World Championships
  • There are 6km of mountain bike trails at Lee Valley VeloPark and a 1.6km road course
  • Lee Valley VeloPark can fit up to 6,000 spectators
  • The Velodrome’s 250m track was built with 56km of Siberian Pine and 350,000 nails
  • The British Cycling Federation will use the Lee Valley Velodrome to train athletes with international potential

Lee VALLEY Hockey and Tennis Centre

  • Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre includes a 3,000-seat hockey stadium with the flexibility to increase capacity to 15,000 for big competitions
  • For tennis fans, there will be four indoor tennis courts in a spectacular tennis hall and six outdoor tennis courts
  • A development plot is in place for a future 5-a-side commercial football centre which will include a club house and 10 pitches
  • Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre will host the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and the European Hockey Championships in 2015
  • The centre will open in May 2014

ArcelorMittal Orbit

  • At 114.5 metres tall, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s largest sculpture
  • If it were a vertical tower (with all the loops flattened out), the ArcelorMittal Orbit would be 560m, higher than the Eiffel Tower
  • Visitors can take in the spectacular views of the Park and London’s skyline from two observation floors, at 76m and 80m
  • On a clear day, visitors to the ArcelorMittal Orbit can see over 20 miles into the distance from the top observation floor
  • 1,500 tonnes of steel, 35,000 bolts and 19,000 litres of paint have been used to build the ArcelorMittal Orbit