ODA ANNOUNCE OLYMPIC STADIUM CONSTRUCTION LANDMARK

The Olympic Delivery Authority has announced Olympic Stadium is now at full height, marking a significant landmark in the construction process.

The flagship venue has installed 14 lighting towers, 60 metres above the playing field and is on track to be completed in summer 2011.

Each of the towers weighs 34 tonnes and were installed over a three-week period.  The towers are designed with integrated walkways, access, power supplies, cabling and lighting.

They will illuminate the action in the arena helping to capture high-definition footage. The towers are located high above the stadium roof to ensure the best lighting angles, which avoid dazzling competitors, spectators and photographers.

John Armitt, ODA Chairman said: "The successful lift of the lighting towers takes the Olympic Stadium to its full height and makes it even more visible across east London's skyline.

"We still have big challenges over the coming year but hitting this important milestone ensures we remain on track to complete construction a year before the London 2012 Games begin."

The 80,000-seater stadium will host a number of Olympic events along with the opening and closing ceremonies in Summer 2012 and is expected to cost £469 million to complete.

Posted on 26/03/2010