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Olympic Venue Profile: Fencing Competition in Huge ExCeL Convention Center

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Fencing is a longstanding tradition at the Summer Olympics. For the 2012 London games, happens at the hugely popular ExCeL in London. The venue hosts seven medal events including fencing, boxing, judo, taekwondo, weightlifting, wrestling and table tennis.

Name: Exhibition Centre London (ExCeL)

Location: One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, United Kingdom

Year built: 2000

Year expanded: 2010

Owner: ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company)

Capacity: 6,000 to 10,00 per arena

Fencing area: South Arena 1

Fencing event dates: July 28 through Aug. 5, medal events each day

Olympic medals awarded at ExCeL: 154 total--80 Olympic and 74 Paralympic medals

Closest Underground station: Canning Town

Closest body of water: River Thames

Nearest Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station: Custom House for ExCeL

Distance from Olympic Park: 4.1 miles

Cost to construct: 300 million pounds ($471.2 million)

Event space: 90,000 square meters (969,000s square feet)

Previous sporting events: London test event, London Prepares, in December 2011; boxing matches

Future events: Paralympic games, Ipex 2014

Meeting rooms: 45

Maximum visitors per day: 50,000

On-site car parking spaces: 3,700

Events hosted: More than 2,000 in 12 years

Hotel rooms: 1,400

Other notable facts: An expansion was completed in November 2011 that added a 252-room hotel called Aloft. … There are six different hotel spaces attached to ExCeL from luxury to economy pricing. … ExCeL splits rooms into separate sports venues through the use of movable walls similar to a convention center. As such, the space was already there when organizers began planning the 2012 Summer Olympics years ago. … ExCeL hosted the G20 summit in April 2009 as one of the largest gatherings ever held at the venue. … The Royal Victoria Dock serves as the backdrop for the annual London Boat Show staged at ExCel. Attendance at the 2005 event exceeded 45,000 people, including 20,000 to see the massive frigate HMS Sutherland.

Bandwidth within the facility is rated at over 90 megabytes thanks in part to an upgrade worth 13 million pounds ($20.4 million). … ExCeL boasts some of Britain's largest trade shows as the premier international convention center in the area. Two of the three largest consumer events in the United Kingdom are held there, in addition to nine of the top 10 largest trade shows in the country. … There are over 90 serviced apartments on site, with an additional 11,000 hotel rooms within 20 minutes of the facility.

William Browning has been a fan of the Summer Olympics since the games of 1984 in Los Angeles.

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