Countdown to North Park Opening
This area will be home to two 2012 Games venues: the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre. Between these two venues will sit the Park’s unique visitor attraction and UK’s tallest sculpture: the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
The Stadium will play host to both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Games, as well as athletes and track & field events. The Aquatics Centre will sit at the main entrance to the Park during and after Games, and is arguably one of the Park’s most iconic building, designed by renowned architect, Zaha Hadid. Swimming and synchronised swimming, diving and events from the modern pentathlon will be watched by up to 17,500 spectators under its spectacular roof, which at 160m long and up to 80m wide gives it a longer single span than Heathrow Terminal 5.
The Water Polo arena is the other venue in this area of the Park, which will be transformed to create a pleasant riverside setting. However, this venue will not remain after the Games.
This large and vibrant neighbourhood will combine residential areas with a cultural promenade featuring shops, restaurants, bars, galleries, street art and open air performance space. It will be conveniently close to Westfield Stratford City and the rail connections at Stratford Regional and Stratford International stations. Houses, maisonettes and apartments are planned to the south of the Stadium, some stretching along the Waterworks and City Mill Rivers.
It will surround the iconic venues of the Aquatics Centre and Stadium, the Arce and will be set amidst the animated south plaza, which will host festivals, community events, street performances, art installations and water features. This area will be full of energy and activity with a range of day and night time activities for all ages.