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I went to the Mountain bike venue today in sunny Essex. Its gonna be pretty spectacular. The course is in Hadleigh Country Park which is right next to Hadleigh Castle. Most of the course is closed off

I won a competition to do a photo expedition of the olympic park and go into the velodrome a week Saturday as part of the Open Weekend. Did anyone else enter and win?

Great video, loving the sculptured parkland areas too, its gonna be breathtaking. There was a great piece on the one show tonight filmed mainly from the stadium perspective and it was a really positi

Interesting piece. What bugs me is why there is this obsession with 'wow' buildings. All that matters is whether it frigging well works.

While I understand your point, I think you should note that it was London who planned this 'wow' building in the first place. It was the 'crown jewel', so to speak, of the Olympic Park.

So while I am sure people can live with a less architectural venue, LOCOG was at fault by planning a venue with little thought.

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I'm well aware of that. I guess the point I'm making is a wider one than simply one venue in one city.

Thank you. It's a question I have raised a few months ago: why do candidate cities feel they need a Wow factor to their venues?

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Thank you. It's a question I have raised a few months ago: why do candidate cities feel they need a Wow factor to their venues?

I suppose the argument would be that if things go wrong initially, then the finished product wipes those bad memories out. Certainly that has been the case with Wembley.

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The Games as some sort of architectural showcase (think Tokyo, Munich, Montreal, Athens, Beijing, etc.) is just another way that the host country shows off its capabilities when the entire world is watching. In the end it's really unnecessary to a Games' success. Sydney would be the perfect example.

With that said, I think these troubles that London is having with this venue are that much more needless because, honestly, what does the UK and London have to prove to the world? Not to mention London will provide already iconic venues such as Wimbledon, and the city itself will make for a stunning backdrop for the marathon and road cycling.

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I think that's a valid point but, at the same time, London is re-generating a massive area and just putting up a load of box-type buildings wouldn't really cut it.

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Regarding the temporary seating at the Olympic Stadium, will they use bleachers or individual seating?

it willbe individual seating - it will be a stadium as is normal in the uk - other than it will reduce in size afterwards (hence the cost)!

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it willbe individual seating - it will be a stadium as is normal in the uk - other than it will reduce in size afterwards (hence the cost)!

thats not why its that expensive.dont believe everything.

if we did we'd also believe the price tag bocog gave for the birds nest.

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it willbe individual seating - it will be a stadium as is normal in the uk - other than it will reduce in size afterwards (hence the cost)!

In that case, why not use bleachers or is that not allowed?

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From this week's Time Out 2012 special:

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1 Olympic Stadium

Construction began in May on the 80,000-seat main stadium, which will be converted into a 25,000-seat venue after the Games. The design comes from Team Stadium, a consortium that includes the builders of the Emirates Stadium.

2 Basketball Arena

A temporary venue that will hold 12,000 seats for basketball and handball, and 10,000 for wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.

3 Energy Centre

Instead of having individual systems in each building, the Energy Centre will generate hot water, heating and electricity for buildings throughout the Park, using biomass boilers and a combined cooling, heat and power plant.

4 International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre

A 24-hour media hub for around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists.

5 Handball Arena

The venue for handball, modern pentathlon and the Paralympic sport of goalball, with a design to be chosen this year. After the Games, the arena will become a multi-sport centre for community use, training and small-scale events.

6 Hockey Centre

A temporary building with two separate pitches seating 15,000 and 5,000. Designs are due to be completed next year. After the Games, the centre will move to Eton Manor and will have 5,000 permanent seats.

7 Eton Manor

Named after the sports centre that formerly stood on this site, it will be the venue for Paralympic archery (with 3,000 seats) and wheelchair tennis (10,500 seats). Part of a new group of community and training facilities after the Games, including five-a-side football.

8 BMX Circuit

Part of the VeloPark, an outdoor venue with 6,000 temporary seats.

9 Velodrome

Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Chris Hoy was among the team that selected the design for the 6,000-seat arena. After the Games, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added to create a VeloPark for community and elite sport use.

10 Sponsors’ Village

A hub for London 2012’s key partners at the heart of the Olympic Park.

11 Olympic Village

Beds for 17,320 athletes during the Olympic Games and 8,756 during the Paralympics, plus shops, restaurants and an ‘International Zone’ in which to meet friends and family. Afterwards, the village will become part of the overall Stratford City regeneration scheme.

12 Aquatics Centre

A 50m main pool and 25m diving pool with 17,500 seats and a 50m training pool, plus a temporary water polo venue. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the centre will be turned over to both community and elite use after the Games.

And a render of the permanent Handball Arena. I think (hope) the black stuff is backlit glass.

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Only 6,000 capacity for the Velodrome? I bet after the success of GB Cycling Team in Beijing they could have added another 10,000 to that easily, and filled it every day!

Have you thought about the cost associated with a larger venue?

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Only 6,000 capacity for the Velodrome? I bet after the success of GB Cycling Team in Beijing they could have added another 10,000 to that easily, and filled it every day!

I'd rather see it filled with people who feel special to hold the tickets. Keep it intimate.

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