London Stadium

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London Stadium
Visitors
  • 6.8 million visitors since 2013
Past
  • Staged opening and closing ceremonies and track and field athletics in the London 2012 Games
  • Major transformation into multi-use year-round venue 2013-2016
  • New 400m London Marathon Charitable Trust Community Track used by school, community and international athletes.
What Now?
  • Home of West Ham United and British Athletics
  • London Marathon Charitable Trust Community Track home to Newham and Essex Beagles Athletics Club
  • Staged wide range of world-class concerts – Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Muse, Guns n Roses, Robbie Williams, Foo Fighters, ACDC
  • Hosted 2017 World Athletics Championships with £107m economic impact
  • Hosted first MLB matches in Europe Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees (2019) generating £47m for UK economy
  • Also staged international Rugby Union (RWC 2015) and Rugby League
Architect
  • Populous
Awards
  • Shortlisted for 2012 Stirling Prize
Workforce
  • Peak workforce during stadium transformation reached 500 workers on site
  • More than 30 apprentices recruited locally worked on the site.
Construction/
Sustainability
  • 800,000 tonnes of soil removed from the site before construction began - enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall nine times.
  • The roof is approx 45,000 square metres and at 84m at its deepest point, the longest cantilevered roof in the world, covering every seat.
  • Entire stadium circumference is 860m.
  • 5,500 tonnes of steel and 6km of cabling used in the transformation.
  • Toilets at the Podium level are flushed from the non-potable water network.
Facilities
  • Football pitch, 105m x 68m
  • International standard athletics track
  • 60,000 seats in athletics mode (including 428 wheelchair accessible and 529 easy access)
  • 60,000 seats in football mode (including 253 wheelchair accessible and 540 easy access) with retractable seating placed over the athletics track to bring seating close to the pitch.
  • 80,000 seats in concert mode (including 428 wheelchair accessible and 529 easy access)
  • 33 catering outlets
  • Nearly 1,000 toilets

Concerts

Date Performer(s) Support act(s) Tour/event Attendance Notes
4 June 2016 AC/DC feat. Axl Rose Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Rock or Bust World Tour 65,000 First concert at the stadium since its redevelopment following the Games of 2012
3 June 2017 Depeche Mode The Horrors Global Spirit Tour 65,191
16-17 June 2017 Guns N' Roses Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

The Kills Falling In Reverse

Not in This Lifetime... Tour 139,267
23 June 2017 Robbie Williams Erasure The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour 70,000
22-23 May 2018 The Rolling Stones Liam Gallagher (22nd)

Florence and the Machine (23rd)

No Filter Tour 137,475
15-16 June 2018 Beyoncé Jay-Z On the Run II Tour 126,443 Beyoncé became the first female headliner to perform at the stadium.
22 June 2018 Foo Fighters Wolf Alice(22nd)

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes(22nd)
The Kills(23rd)
Slaves(23rd)
Starcrawlers(23rd)

Concrete and Gold Tour
1 June 2019 Muse Pale Waves

Tom Morello

Simulation Theory World Tour 72,721 The show attracted the highest attendance for a single concert in the history of the stadium
24 June 2022 Green Day

Fall Out Boy Weezer

The Interrupters Hella Mega Tour Full capacity allowed Rescheduled from 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic
25 June 2022

& 26 June 2022

Red Hot Chilli Peppers Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

Thundercat

2022 World Tour Full capacity allowed Second date added within hours of the first day tickets going on sale.
30 June 2022

& 2 July 2022

Foo Fighters St. Vincent & Shame (30th)

Courtney Barnett & Hot Milk (2nd)

Return to the UK Full capacity allowed

Interesting History

Nuclear reactor belonging to Queen Mary College, University of London, sited on Marshgate Lane near the current location of the West Ham Store
(Photo: Wikipedia)


Prior to clearance and cleaning for the Games of 2012, the Stadium Island contained many varied industrial buildings. Perhaps one of the more unusual and least known ones was the nuclear reactor. Shortly after the Games were awarded to London in July 2005, The Guardian ran a piece addressing MPs concerns over nulcear radiation contamination:


The tiny reactor, with a core no larger than a bucket, was the first to be built for a UK university. It was commissioned in 1966 for the department of nuclear engineering at Queen Mary College and was deactivated in 1982.


It was used for undergraduate experiments and postgraduate projects.


Walk down Marshgate Lane on Stratford Marsh and the huge empty building, divided into two hangars, still stands. Part of it is used by Bywaters for waste disposal. Behind is the studio for the television show Bad Girls.


The reactor was decommissioned under supervision by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, the college said. "The reactor was exceptionally small ... and produced virtually no energy.


"Decommissioning staff were able to stand inside the reactor void with no protective clothing. During decommissioning, the biological shield was removed by a nuclear consultancy, and the core was dismantled by staff on-site according to NII safety guidelines.


"Following the completion of the decommissioning process, the work was approved and verified, and Queen Mary's licence was officially de-registered by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate in November 1983.


"There are absolutely no ongoing health implications."


Jean McSorley, senior adviser on Greenpeace's nuclear campaign, said: "In our view there's nothing to worry about."