2012 Olympic Games venue opens

February 23rd, 2011 - 5:46 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb.23 (ANI): The organising committee of 2012 Olympic Games achieved a milestone when the first venue the velodrome, opened on Tuesday.

The velodrome in Stratford cost around 93 million pounds to build and is the first Olympic park venue to be finished, the Daily Mail reports.

Olympic Delivery Authority Chairman John Armitt said: ‘In delivering the velodrome on time and to budget, we have completed our first Olympic Park venue and our biggest milestone to date.”

Cyclist Chris Hoy rode on the finished cycle track, and said: ‘Having been involved in a very small way in the design process in the early stages, it’s amazing to see the velodrome finally completed, and to be able to have ridden on it today gives me a feel for what it’s going to be like in a year-and-a-half’s time. I can’t wait!’

Members of the Great Britain Track Cycling team also tested and praised the newly finished Olympic velodrome.

Lord Coe, the chairman of the London Organising Committee, described it as ‘a stunning venue built for champions’.

The 6,000-seater velodrome, has a roof designed to reflect the curve of the cycling track.

Its completion required the help of 26 carpenters and nearly 350,000 nails.

After the games, the velodrome will include a cafe, a bike hire and cycle workshop facilities and will be used by both athletes and the local community. (ANI)

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