is to see in the New Year with a
spectacular Olympic-themed firework
display at midnight on December 31.
A spectacular free New Year's Eve
party for 80,000 Londoners will take
place at the Olympic stadium a full
seven months before the Games begin.
A giant fireworks display will light
up the East End and top music acts
will play in the arena on 31
December to herald the
beginning of Olympic year of .
The stadium will also see
spectacular fireworks at the opening
ceremony of the London Olympic
Games on July 27 , as well as at
the closing ceremony.
taking to the stage in the 80,000
capacity stadiuminclude Led Zeppelin
guitarist Jimmy Page and
Hackney-born Leona Lewis, in a
reunion for the song Whole Lotta
Love that they performed it at
Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium last
summer. The New Year's Eve party is
expected to be the first in a series
of outdoor events in the park for
the Cultural Olympiad, to celebrate
the arts alongside the Games.
London Olympic Stadium will be the
centrepiece of the Summer
Olympics and Paralympics. The
stadium is located at Marshgate Lane
in Stratford in the Lower Lea Valley
and has capacity for the Games of
approximately 80,000 making it
temporarily the third largest
stadium in Britain behind Wembley
Stadium and Twickenham Stadium. Land
preparation for the stadium began in
mid 2007, with the official
construction start date on 22 May
2008, although piling works for the
foundation unofficially began four
weeks ahead of that date.
Construction ended on 29 March .
The Stadium will host the 2017 World
Championships in Athletics.
stadium site is on former industrial
land between the Old River Lea
(which rejoins the Navigation below
Old Ford Lock), the City Mill River,
and the Old Pudding Mill River;
parts of the Bow Back Rivers.
Another branch of this system, St
Thomas' Creek, 200 metres to the
south, completes an "island"
surrounded by water. Two hundred
metres to the east is the Waterworks
River; on the eastern bank will be
the Aquatics Centre.