May 04, 2012
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Olympic Stadium

The 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, as well as some competition events. It was built on an island with several footbridges for entry. The stadium features a temporary upper tier that can be removed after the Games. The flexible design will help turn the venue into a manageable 25,000-seat stadium for future non-Olympic events. The permanent lower tier sits in a bowl in the ground. This helped save on construction materials and make the stadium more sustainable.

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