Olympic Stadium to Host Athletics

The British Athletics London Grand Prix, part of the Samsung Diamond League, will see the return of athletics to the world famous stadium. The venue has proved popular with fans and athletes alike and is sure to welcome a capacity crowd to cheer on some of this summer’s big names.

The London Legacy Development Corporation and British Athletics have announced that the 2013 British Athletics London Grand Prix will come to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the anniversary weekend of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.

Boris Johnson, mayor of London and chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation said: "What better way to mark the anniversary of the tremendous London 2012 Opening Ceremony than to see this stadium packed again as the world’s top athletes compete in this unique series.

"After last summer's amazing Games we can now see the stadium's legacy emerging as a top venue for both international sport and entertainment. I am ever confident that in the coming years we can look forward to seeing Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park staging a wide range of major events with their organisers and audiences drawn by its perfect location and unrivalled facilities."

This announcement came straight after the Legacy Corporation announced a deal with Live Nation, one of the world’s leading live entertainment promoters, to relocate two of its biggest music festivals to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer, as well as staging summer concerts in the stadium.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will begin to open to the public from 27 July 2013, exactly one year after the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. It will open in phases – starting with the north park – and will be fully open by spring 2014. It will be a new piece of the city with new homes and schools, state of the art venues, beautiful public parklands and a year round programme of events.

The transformation of the Olympic site into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park started immediately after the Games and will take 18 months. The £292m transformation project is called ‘Clear, Connect, Complete.’ It will clear Games overlay including the removal of temporary venues, walkways and stands, connect the Park to the surrounding areas with new roads and pathways and complete the Park’s venues to their legacy designs for everyone to enjoy.

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