AGITOS RETURNS AS QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK CELEBRATES 100 DAYS SINCE OPENING

As the north of the Park celebrates being open 100 days, the iconic symbol of the Paralympic Games returns to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Agitos was displayed in the Park during London 2012’s spectacular Paralympic Games.  Located on the main bridge in the north of the Park, it measures nearly four metres wide and three metres high.

Meaning ‘I move’ in Latin, it symbolises the Paralympic motto ‘Spirit in Motion’.  The Agitos will be joined in the Park by the Olympic Rings at the end of this year.

In the 100 days since the north of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opened, more than 250,000 people have enjoyed the beautiful parklands, Tumbling Bay playground and Timber Lodge community centre.  Over 700,000 people enjoyed the Park’s summer events, including appearances from global superstars such as Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z and Usain Bolt.  National Paralympic Day saw thousands of visitors experience the best of disability sport and art and as part of the commitment to securing a strong Paralympic legacy the Motivate East project is encouraging disabled people within the Olympic host boroughs to find a route into sports and physical activities.

The Copper Box Arena – the first 2012 venue to reopen to the public – has had more than 50,000 visitors through its doors since it opened on 27 July. Thousands of visitors have tried their hand at sports ranging from badminton and wheelchair basketball to indoor canoeing, as well as using the state of the art gym and other community facilities.

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “We are delighted that the original Agitos from London 2012’s incredible Paralympic Games will be displayed in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and that visitors can strike a pose in front of this iconic symbol.

“It is fantastic that more than 250,000 people have visited the north of the Park in its first 100 days of opening and seen for themselves all that it has to offer.  The Park is already becoming a must-visit destination and this will continue once the south of the Park fully opens in spring 2014. We are on track to deliver a truly amazing Park and a fantastic legacy for east London.”

Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “The giant Agitos, the symbol of the Paralympics, was an iconic part of the build-up to the 2012 Paralympic Games and I’m sure many people will remember the incredible sight of them fixed onto Tower Bridge in central London. The installation of this Agitos, which followed on from an identical position of the Olympic Rings to celebrate the Olympics, showed London’s commitment to treat both Games equally.

“Just over a year on from London, it is fantastic to see the Agitos placed today on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as a permanent reminder of such a groundbreaking Games. I hope they provide visitors with the opportunity to remember the magic of that summer and to look forward to future Paralympic Games with the same enthusiasm that they felt for London 2012.”

Marking 100 days since the north of the Park opened

  • More than 250,000 people have visited the north of the Park
  • 700,000 people attended the Summer Series of events
  • 1 Agitos permanently installed
  • Over 50,000 people have visited the Copper Box Arena since opening
  • On average 15,000 people visit the Park each week
  • 4039 sandwiches served at Unity Kitchen Café at Timber Lodge
  • 90% of the Copper Box Arena workforce come from local boroughs
  • Over 1600 people with disabilities across east London have tried a new sport or physical activity
  • 600 local residents attended the Growing Links Fun Day
  • 20 local schools have helped develop Learning Trails project
  • 3201 cappuccinos served at Unity Kitchen Café at Timber Lodge
  • 32 community groups have run activities in Timber Lodge Cafe
  • 525 bird boxes installed; 150 bat boxes set up
  • 20 young people from local boroughs have joined the Voice of Young London- a year long engagement programme
  • 950 residents from local estates given free tickets to watch basketball team London Lions


2013 summer events held in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

29-30 June          Hard Rock Calling: Kasabian and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

6 July                     The Summer Stampede: Mumford and Sons

12-14 July            Justin Timberlake and Jay Z

16-18 July            Lollibop festival

20 July                   Electric Daisy Carnival

21 July                   National Lottery Anniversary Run

27-28 July            Open East Festival

26-28 July            Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games

4 August              RideLondon

7 September      National Paralympic Day

Future events in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Regular London Lions basketball games- London’s only professional basketball team in the Copper Box Arena


30 Nov 2013

Championship boxingCopper Box Arena 
Dereck Chisora & Billy Joe Saunders headline Rock The Box 2 at the Copper Box Arena.


06-08 Dec

Free event: Vintage Christmas and Real Ale Festivalthe north of the Park

Get into the festive spirit with a vintage Christmas market, roller disco and real ale festival


14 – 15 March

Revolution Series Finale at the Olympic velodrome at Lee Valley VeloPark


23 March 2014

Sport Relief weekend

Hundreds of running, swimming and cycling events across the UK, including events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


25-27 April 2014

FINA Diving

Diving’s elite return to the Aquatics Centre


7 July 2014

Tour de France

The iconic cycle race visits Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


30 August 2014

National Paralympic Day / Liberty Festival

Celebrating the very best of disability sport and art