Olympic Stadium receives seating installation
Construction on the third phase of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium in East London is going much ahead of schedule with the last of the huge concrete rakers being fitted in at the stadiumâ€™s bowl-shaped circumference. The rakers are the foundation on which the 80,000 seats will be fitted. The west stand which will host the VIPs and media with the best views of the 100 meters home straight beneath them, is taking shape.Other upgrades at the stadium include installation of lighting gantries on the roof, spread across 24,500 square meters, and which will cover most of the 80,000 spectators. The south stand is where the last the concrete rakers has been fitted. The huge rakers themselves are pre-cast on site near by the stadium and transported to the venue on trucks.A 20 meters high wrap will encircle the 900 meters circumference of the Stadium. Artists will create a large mural on the wrap of historical sporting champions, participating countries' flags and sponsor logos, giving the Stadium its distinctive appearance. The stadium is made from 10,000 tones of steel, making this the lightest Stadium and easier to dismantle the seats.The Stadium is being built by Sir Robert McAlpine with HOK, a global architectural firm. The 2012 Olympic Games are slated to be held from July 27 - August 12, 2012.