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During the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Future Arena will host the handball games and be packed with 12,000 spectators. When the Games are over, its structure will be dismantled and used in the construction of four state schools, thus leaving a lasting legacy to the city of Rio de Janeiro. Three schools will be constructed in Barra da Tijuca and one in Maracanã – each accommodating 500 students – as part of a 178 million reais (GB£48m/US$77m/€57m) legacy project.

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Rio’s ambitions to stage the world’s “best value” Olympics hinge, in part, on applying many of the legacy planning strategies of the London 2012 Games. With just two months to go until the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rio is “on the cusp” of reaping the same legacy benefits enjoyed by London, according to AECOM, the company behind both cities’ Olympic masterplans.

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Arena Seating transformed Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre at Queen Elizabeth Park with grandstand seating, media studios, platforms for broadcast cameras or photographers, and viewing access platforms for the Unibet EuroHockey Championships, 21-30 August, 2015.

Arena Seating’s Project Director, Terry Smith, returned to East London to continue building Arena Group’s 2012 Olympic Games legacy by installing temporary event infra-structure to create a stadium suitable for a global sporting event. Lee Valley Stadium was constructed to have a permanent seated capacity of 3,000, with the flexibility to be expanded for particular flagship events.

EuroHockey Championship Director, Sue Catton, explained:

This is the first of four international tournaments England Hockey is hosting over consecutive years, so we’re starting on a journey to build a fan-base and we searched for a supply partner to share that journey. Arena Seating’s track record impressed us and we have really valued the people at Arena, the quality of their work has shone through. They have been enthusiastic and very thorough in working with us, from surveying the venue to installing the equipment. It has felt like a true partnership.

Lee Valley Stadium has a permanent seating capacity of 3,000, which has been increased with the addition of 1,864 clearview™ seats, split between two grandstands behind each of the goals. To host an international event of this nature also required additional commentary studios, along with broadcast camera and photographers platforms to accommodate the world’s media, a Unibet sponsor platform and a presentation platform overlooking the stadium. These were constructed using the company’s proprietary Arena Deck system with glass handrails, for a contemporary aesthetic.

England Hockey's Sue Catton.

EuroHockey Championship Director, Sue Catton.

Catton continued:

As well as the fantastic sightlines clearview™ has given us, everyone has been very impressed how well the temporary infrastructure has integrated into the look and feel of the existing Stadium. The join from permanent to temporary is very professional, so the whole Stadium feels permanent, down to details like the blue net cladding Arena has used to blend in with the pitch.

Hosting the Euro’s has been a great shop window for the sport. We’ve already experienced a 40% uptake since the 2012 Olympics. We’ve doubled our initial audience target in selling 30,000 tickets and having had such a great atmosphere inside the Stadium we’re hoping we can keep attracting new fans (and participants) as we move straight into our national HockeyFest after these champs.

London legacy in QE park

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The phased opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games) is under way. The Olympics anniversary weekend will be celebrated with two events on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Open East Festival in the north of the Park and the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in the former Olympic Stadium. Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

We want to recapture the magic of the Games one year on. That is why we are opening certain areas of the Park ahead of schedule – to give people a glimpse of what they can expect to see when it fully re-opens in spring next year. We’ve got a fantastic line-up of events to celebrate the anniversary, from athletics to children’s events that the whole family can enjoy.

Ahead of the anniversary weekend the Summer Events Series includes Hard Rock Calling featuring Kasabian and Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band and Yahoo! Wireless headlined by Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake.

Areas of the north of the Park will start to open to the public from 29 July. It is expected that residents living closest to the Park will form the bulk of the crowds until the Park fully opens in spring 2014.

The Olympic Stadium will host the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games: (26-28 July) bringing athletics back to the stadium for the first time since the Olympics.

The Copper Box is the first venue to open on a full-time basis as the new home to the London Lions basketball team (27 July).

Park-wide sports events include the Prudential Ride London: (3-4 August), the largest cycling event in the UK and a Festival of Disability Sport (7 September)

The majority of the Park remains a construction site as the Legacy Corporation continues with its ‘Clear, Connect, Complete’ programme to remove Games-time overlay, finish the venues and connect the Park to the surrounding areas.

London Olympic venues in the QE Park are being transformed for legacy use.

London Olympic venues in the QE Park are being transformed for legacy use.

Transformation details include:

  • 2,274,000 hours worked on site up to the end of May
  • 1,355 people on site at peak
  • 60 apprentices in total (97 per cent from the local area)
  • 250,000m3 of soil has been re-used across the site which equates to 312,500 tonnes of material
  • 10 temporary bridges have been moved and reinstated by the time the Park is complete
  • The number of new trees planted on the site to date is 1,380 and there will be 4,300 in total

Transformation milestones:

  • Copper Box – first venue to open on 27 July, 2013
  • North of the Park – Timber Lodge including Unity Kitchen Cafe, Tumbling Bay playground, and parklands opening to the public from 29 July
  • Aquatics centre – original design revealed following removal of temporary external structures
  • Stadium transformation works have been granted planning permission
  • Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – New tennis courts and hockey pitches are on target for completion in late 2013
  • South Park – transformation works on landscaping has started
  • Removal of temporary bridges to create permanent landscaping
  • Northern retail access route relocated this will become Waterden Road.

Transformation – What next?

  • Lee Valley VeloPark – Cycle circuit and BMX conversion works to be completed
  • Stadium – Following planning permission, works to commence on site later in the year
  • East Marsh – Football pitches reinstated
  • Aquatics Centre – Completion of internal fit out and external landscaping.

Reuse, recycle, re-locate

3,000 seats from the Basketball Arena have been reused in the permanent hockey seating at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

Istanbul sporting and legacy concepts align with national plan

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Istanbul can call upon iconic settings to stage Olympic events if it wins the right to stage the 2020 Games (picture credit: Istanbul bid book).

Istanbul can call upon iconic settings to stage Olympic events if it wins the right to stage the 2020 Games (picture credit: Istanbul bid book).

Istanbul’s state-of-the-art Olympic city and Olympic Village in 2020 will provide athletes with a Recovery Centre at no extra cost to NOCs. The city is hosting the IOC Evaluation Commission this week and it took the opportunity to reveal the city’s sport concept for the Games in 2020. Turkey is already investing $500 million per year into a National Sports Plan and Istanbul’s bid is closely aligned to expenditure in the plan so that full value is earned from the venues built.

Istanbul 2020 Director of Sport, Alp Berker, said:

Last year, Turkey’s government announced a $1.7 billion investment programme which will deliver 415 community sports facilities and 24 new venues between now and 2020. These venues will be designed specifically to meet the long-term requirements of our city and its people as the bid continues to promote sport from grassroots to elite level throughout Turkey’s population, which has an enviably large potential audience of 50% under 25 year old, and 20 million under the age of 20. Our bid believes in the ability of sport to bridge cultures, beliefs and traditions – to inspire enduring harmony.

Istanbul 2020 has been developing the sports and venues programme in full partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic International and National Federations. With the knowledge that athletes spend around 80 per cent of their time training, the Istanbul bid has made plans for a substantial training precinct to be on their doorstep, in the Olympic Village, as well as for a major medical precinct just north of it, including a Recovery Centre.

Legacy plans for the proposed zones collectively include environmental remediation programmes, residential, retail and commercial facilities, recreational facilities, and public spaces for young people to congregate throughout the city. Plans for the Bosphorus Zone include a high impact remediation project that will deliver sports and public spaces, as well as an entertainment precinct for the people of Istanbul.

Istanbul 2020 will look to adopt and enhance special ticketing arrangements such as the “Follow My Team” and “Athletes’ Family and Friends” progammes with other high-tech plans for an online spectator guide which would tailor daily itineraries for each guest, based on their location and interests. In total, 7.9 million tickets will be available with a budgeted generation of $444 million for the Olympic and Paralympic competitions combined.

Between now and 2020, a further $4 billion will be invested through the National Sports Plan, enabled through the Olympic Law, ensuring financial guarantees and an ongoing cash flow for Istanbul 2020.