London Stadium

Experience the roar of the crowds and discover the secrets of a world-class venue at the London Stadium. 

As the centrepiece of London 2012, the London Stadium hosted spectacular opening and closing ceremonies and saw some of Britain’s most memorable sporting moments take place in front of sell-out crowds. Now sports fans, music lovers and London 2012 enthusiasts are able to explore the venue once again. 


Cheer on as goals are scored and records are broken as football, rugby, athletics and many other sports take place in the multi-use stadium. The sound of ‘Bubbles’ rings out regularly as West Ham United Football Club play their home matches and as the national competition centre for UK athletics there will be plenty of opportunities to relive the gold medal winning glory of London 2012. Music lovers will not be left disappointed either as the world’s biggest stars lift the roof of the venue. Make sure you check our current events page for all the latest information about what’s on at the London Stadium, including arts and cultural events, sport, concerts and community events.


Visitors to the London Stadium can also go behind the scenes and put themselves in the shoes of their sporting heroes on one of the venue tours. Take a journey through the players’ changing rooms, athletes’ warm up track and player’s tunnel before finishing pitch side at the famous venue. Find out more about how to book a tour here. 

More about the london stadium

  • Building a new Olympic Stadium is a huge proposition, and the opportunity to create a truly iconic landmark for east London was at the heart of London’s Olympic bid. For architects Populous, the challenge was to build a venue for 80,000 spectators to watch Olympic and Paralympic events that could easily be adapted for use following the Games.

    To ensure that the Stadium could easily be reconfigured for alternative uses after the Games, Populous designed the Stadium to have a PVC roof and temporary tiered seating, as well as outside ‘pods’ to host food and drink stands and toilets.

    Key Facts

    • For the Games, the Stadium was ‘clothed’ in almost a kilometre of cloth
    • During excavation, 800,000 tonnes of soil were removed – enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall nine times over
    • More than 5,250 people worked on construction between 2008 and 2012

    The turf used for the Games was grown in Scunthorpe and fitted over three days

  • Before the London 2012 Games began, the Stadium hosted the National Lottery Olympic Park Run, the British University Athletics Championships and the London Disability Grand Prix, during which three world records were set, as well as the athletics events of the British School Games.

    The venue was officially opened on 6 May 2012 by nine year old Niamh Clarke-Willis at the 2,012 hours to go even and during the Games, it was the home of athletics for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It also hosted the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies.

    During the incredible four weeks of sport, the venue saw three Olympic records and over 100 Paralympic records broken.


  • Following the Games, the London Stadium went through a major transformation project to convert it into a year-round multi-use arena capable of delivering world class sporting and cultural events.

    Work included the removal of the original roof and light paddles and installation of a new permanent roof, the largest of its kind in the world. The new roof covers every seat in the venue, improving the acoustics and spectator experience. An innovative retractable seating system was also installed to allow fans to get close to the pitch for football and rugby. Other works included installing catering facilities, toilets, turnstiles and a new community running track.

    Transformation works began in 2013 following the London Anniversary Games, which were held at the Stadium. Work was paused in 2015 so that the Stadium could host the Great Newham London Run, the London Anniversary Games, a Barbarians v Samoa rugby union fixture, five matches of the Rugby World Cup 2015, an England v New Zealand Rugby League International and the Race of Champions motorsport event.

    Key Facts

    • The new roof measures 45,000m2 and is 84m at its deepest point.
    • There are 5,423 pieces of steel in the roof, weighing 3,900 tonnes.
    • The 14 new floodlight paddles weigh 45 tonnes each and house more than 540 lamps.
    • There are 16 executive boxes and 3,600 corporate hospitality seats.
    • There are 995 toilets, 90 new turnstiles and 35 catering outlets.
    • 5,000 people worked 2 million hours to complete the transformation.
    • The Stadium meets UEFA Category 4 classification and is a fully compliant IAAF Category 1 athletics facility.