Last week I was treated to a sneak peak in the athlete’s village. Today the athlete’s themselves will start moving into their Games time home, but when I visited it was still eerily empty.
The press release tells me ‘The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Village is the most compact in recent games history’ but I was blown away by the size and scale. Covering 36 hectares it is built to house 16,000 athletes and team officials during the Olympics and a further 6,200 during the Paralympics.
With shiny new apartment blocks and landscaped green open spaces, the East Village – as it will become known once the Games are over – has everything an athlete could want… and some they probably don’t.
There is a bank, a spa, internet lounges, a private cinema, a computer gaming area, a music studio, pool tables, state of the art gyms, a polyclinic offering physio and sports medicine, a multi-faith centre, a dentist and even a pub garden!
Here are some fun facts and figures about the village:
- There are 2,818 apartments with over 250,000 sq.m of space
- Most athletes will share a bedroom, but there won’t be more than two people in a room
- 16,000 beds have been assembled – some with special extendable bases to cater for taller athletes
- 22,000 pillows, 1,200 blankets and 28,000 branded duvet covers have been supplied by Next
Hope you like the photos, and that you can get a sense of what the village is like. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to keep up to date with all our Olympic photos.