From afar, the Olympic Stadium here inside Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park appears the same as it did twelve months ago, its big white trusses and triangular beams rising into the air, seamlessly supporting the 80,000-seat arena. But, the keen observer will notice a plethora of differences both inside and outside of the stadium, some that take away from the magical Olympic aura that was so overwhelming in 2012.
Changes can be seen as soon as one enters Olympic Park from the Stratford transportation area, where an estimated 60,000 spectators shuffled their way through the gates on Friday evening. Cameras were drawn in every direction, some lenses aimed at the white stadium ahead while many more pointed towards a vast construction site, once home to endless paths of flowers and Olympic-sport venues. No longer standing were the Olympic water polo and basketball arenas, as well as the Olympic Field Hockey Stadium. The aquatics venue looked to be undergoing renovations . . .
. . . and so begins Chris Lotsbom’s RunnerSpace.com story, “Changes at London Olympic Stadium Blur Memories of 2012” (piece originally published on Race Results Weekly).
The Sport Media graduate developed the piece — which explores the legacy and sustainability of Olympic venues — one year after working the London 2012 Olympics.
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