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Here is the stadium design for the 2012 Olympics!

London 2012 officials have revealed the much-anticipated design for their new £496m Olympic Stadium.
"No-one can say we've compromised on design, comprised on sustainability or comprised on the legacy potential," said Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has already revealed work on the 80,000-seater stadium will begin three months ahead of schedule in April 2008.

It was initially expected to cost £280m but the costs have since been revised.

Lord Coe, the chairman of the London Organising Committee, told a news conference on Wednesday that the stadium would be a "stadium for a new era".

"It's a stadium that delivers on everything we said we would deliver on; a stadium with track and field as its primary legacy; a stadium that will be reduced from 80,000 seats in Olympic mode to a 25,000-seater community base," he said.

Chief architect Rob Sheard, of HOK Sport, said the stadium would make a big impact, but not in the same way that previous Olympic stadia had.

"This is not a stadium that's going to be screaming from the rooftops that it's bigger and more spectacular," he said. "This is just a cleverer building. This is a cleverer solution."

He added that the ability to convert the stadium from an 80,000-seater venue to a 25,000 one once the Olympics and Paralympics had finished was highly innovative and showed great forward thinking.

"We've ended up with a very tight, very compelling bowl," said Sheard. "The atmosphere inside this bowl, we think, will be pretty special."

HOK Sport is a firm of architects with a proven record for designing sporting venues.

It has been responsible for such projects as Wembley Stadium, the Millennium Stadium, the O2 Arena, the Emirates Stadium and Ascot Racecourse.

The new stadium, to be built in Stratford in east London, will have to be finished at least six months ahead of the opening ceremony in July 2012 to allow for test events to take place.

"It's absolutely non-negotiable that it has to be ready on time," said Radio 5 Live sports news correspondent Gordon Farquhar.

"They've got a large contingency fund if things go wrong but they don't want to spend more than that.

"If it's not ready on time, that is probably the greatest shame the nation has faced in years. But it will be."

After the Games have finished, the temporary seating will be taken away and the stadium will become a 25,000-capacity venue with a permanent athletics track.

An anchor tenant such as a football or rugby club is actively being sought, but one has yet to be found.

The ODA will be hoping for a positive response from the general public to the Olympic Stadium design following the criticism that the official 2012 logo received in June.

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They say that they're starting ahead of schedule. That's good, hopefully we won't have another Wembley.
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