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Thursday 21 August 2014

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Venue: Olympic Stadium

Location: In the south of the Olympic Park

Hosting: Athletics, Paralympic Athletics

Capacity: 80,000

About: The Stadium has been built from scratch with 55,000 of the 80,000 capacity removable, which apparently has never been attempted before.

Fact: 10,000 tonnes of steel were used to build the venue, compared to the 42,000 used by Beijing for their 'Bird's Nest'.

Post Games: West Ham are set to use the stadium as their home ground.

Venue: Olympic Village

Location: In the Olympic Park

Hosting: All athletes and officials.

Capacity: 17,000

About: As well as residential apartments, the village comprises of shops, restaurants, medical, media and leisure facilities. There is also a 'Plaza', where athletes can meet up with friends and families.

Fact: The plan of the village has been based around London's tradition of building homes around communal squares and courtyards.

Post Games: The village will become housing for new residents in east London, transforming into 2800 homes.

Venue: Wembley Arena

Location: Northwest London, 6 miles from the city centre.

Hosting: Badminton, Rhythmic Gymnastics

Capacity: 6,000

About: Wembley Arena is one of the most famous concert venues in the world and has been host to many of the biggest names in the music industry. It has also hosted sporting events such as boxing, ice hockey and darts, so very little preparation was needed to be done for it to be ready.

Fact: Wembley Stadium was the primary venue the last time the Games were held in London, in 1948. Was built for the equivalent of the Commonwealth Games (The Empire Games) in 1934 by Sir Arthur Elvin, and originally was intended to be a swimming pool.

Post Games: It will return to being a world-class concert venue.

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