Aquatics Centre opens as London 2012 marks one-year countdown

The London 2012 Aquatics Centre is being unveiled this morning as the final permanent Olympic Park venue to be completed as organisers mark the one-year countdown to the start of the Games.

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The wave-shaped Centre joins the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome, multi-use Handball Arena and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC). The 12,000-seat basketball arena is also ready for use in Olympic Park although the venue will be dismantled after the Games. According to Reuters, the final cost of the 17,500-capacity Aquatics Centre will be £232 million.

“With construction now complete on the Aquatics Centre, we are another step closer to the spectacular Olympic Park which will be host to world class sport in 2012,” said London 2012 chairman Lord Coe. Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt added: “Five years ago, in July 2006, we published a delivery timetable which set out the ambitious target to complete the main venues a year before the Games. Today, I am proud to say that we have delivered on that commitment.”

 

 

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