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As the London 2012 Olympics approach, we felt it was time we sent a post about it. Here are some fun facts you might enjoy, and some great budget accommodation for you to stay in. Staying in London during this great event can be much cheaper than you think if you book with us. Budget London hotels, hostels, apartments and B&B’s are still available in all the best locations.

With less than 100 days to go before the opening ceremony, here are some figures that’ll make your head spin…

  • The Olympic Stadium will have a capacity of 80,000 sports fans.
  • About 7.7 million tickets will be available for the Games.
  • 300 nations will take part in the Olympics, and 147 in the Paralympics.
  • 200km of cable will be used for the underground power lines.

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  • 800,000 people are expected to use public transport to travel to the Games.
  • 17km of steel wires are used for the Velodrome’s cable roof; that’s twice the height of Mount Everest!
  • 90% of the material inside the Olympic park can be reused or recycled, making this the greenest Olympics yet :) .
  • 26,400 tennis balls will be used.
  • 65,000 towels will be used by the athletes.
  • 2,700 footballs will be used.
  • About 135,000 hotel rooms will be available within a 30 mile radius of the Olympic Park. Check here if you want to stay in one of them!
  • And more than 100 toads were rescued from the Olympic site :)
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So did you know that…

  • Paris was actually offering itself as an alternative place for those attending the Games to stay (arguing that Paris is only a couple of hours away from London)? If you happen to like this as an alternative plan, we have some great places for you to stay in the beautiful city of Paris.
  • They don’t just use matches to light the Olympic flame; it is lit in Olympia every two years using sun rays and a concave reflective mirror! The flame will make a 70-day journey around the country, and there will be over 8,000 different torchbearers.
  • It has been announced that there will be fines of up to £20,000 for anyone streaking at the London Olympics? So keep your clothes on :)
  • There are three continents that have never hosted the Olympics: Africa, South America and Antarctica.
  • The Games won’t take place in one isolated area; they will be held all across London. The Olympic Park will be the center of the action but Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake, Greenwich Park, O2 Arena, Wimbledon, Earl’s Court, and Wembley Stadium will also feature events from football to biking.
  • No matter which you want to be close to, we have a budget hotel near the action.
  • The London Olympics has its own mascot: the strange looking one-eyed “Wenlock”, often described as part Teletubby, part lava lamp.

 

  • That all the used sports equipment will be given for free to different charities after the games. Just imagine children playing with a tennis racquet used by a gold medal winner!
  • London already played host to the Summer Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. The British capital is the first city in history to host the Olympics three times.
  • The gold medal only has 6g of gold. It’s mostly made of silver. The last gold medal made entirely out of gold was awarded in 1912.
  • Each national anthem can be no more than a minute long. Bad news for our friends from Uruguay whose anthem lasts about six-and-a-half minutes.
  • During the games the Olympic Village will be home to around 10,500 athletes. Some rooms have extra-long beds for the tall athletes.

 

 

Do you want to be a part of this amazing sporting event?  Then we’ve got good news for you! We still have rooms available right in the center of London! Take your pick from more than 450 budget hotels, hostels, apartments and bed and breakfasts, many of which still have fantastic deals available for your stay during the Olympic Games. Check them out now.

This blogpost was written using information published on listphobia.com, olympics2012facts.info and getset.london2012.com.

 

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