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London's new Olympic Stadium will be one of the main attractions at the London 2012 Olympic Games and will play host to several entertainment and sporting events over the summer. Olympic Games events are scheduled to take place at several venues in Olympic Park, as well as in venues around London and other destinations around the United Kingdom. If you're attending the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at London 2012 or some of the iconic events during the Olympic Games, you'll probably spend most of your time right inside Olympic Stadium. Here are some things you should know about this iconic venue:

Getting to Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium serves as the heart of Olympic Park on its own "island." It is surrounded by water on three sides and is only accessible via one of five bridges that connect the stadium to the surrounding area. The stadium was designed to house both athlete and spectator facilities; part of it is a temporary structure so it can be taken down after the Olympic Games.

There is no spectator parking available at Olympic Park except for those who have pre-booked one of the Blue Badge spaces. Your transportation options to get to Olympic Stadium include:

- National Rail, the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, or the London Overground

- Bus, walking, or biking the the venue

- Canal Passenger Service (limited capacity)

- 2012 Games Coach Services

- Park-and-Ride (advanced booking required), taxis and private hire vehicles (to designated drop-off areas only)

Olympic Stadium will be open two hours before any session so it's advised to get to Olympic Park about two-and-a-half hours before any event so you can get through the security and find your seat. Keep in mind that more than 80,000 spectators are expected to flock to Olympic Park during the Olympic Games so you will need to plan ahead and get through the crowds as early as possible.

Safety and Security at Olympic Stadium

All spectators will need to go through a security screening so it's a good idea to pack as little as possible. Only one small soft-sided bag is permitted per person. This could be a fanny pack, a small backpack, or a soft-sided tote. Since there aren't any storage compartments or places to stow extra bags, the bag you choose should be collapsible and easy to tuck under your seat or beside you.

Food and Beverages at Olympic Stadium

You will be able to buy food and beverages inside the stadium so don't worry about packing too many snacks or taking bottles of water. You'll find a mix of British food and multicultural dishes, as well as global cuisine and street food options at the event site. The "food vision" for the London 2012 Olympic Games is focused on sustainability and locally-sourced food. You'll find everything from fish and chips, curries, seafood, hog roasts, international sausages, cakes, sweet treats, and street food.

Sources:

London2012 - Venues

The Guardian - Olympic Stadium

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