After the phenomenal success of the Olympic games in Beijing, China, this sporting event, which is considered to be one of the foremost occasions in the sporting world is now all set to make its way to England, with 2012 Summer Olympics. England, a nation with the esteemed honor of being the host to three previous Olympics events (1908, 1944, 1948) is now once again in the spotlight, has now officially inaugurated the first London 2012 Olympic venue. Princess Anne inaugurated the Lee Valley White Water Center near Waltham Cross, which is gong to be one of the most prominent venues for the event.
At the staggering cost of $49 million, the Lee Valley White Water stadium is a marvel of engineering, that has been completed in its due time and slated to host the canoe course event for the 2012 London Olympics. This stadium is slated for an official opening for the public from April 2011, and then till the venue will be used exclusively by the British canoe team. The venue took 18 months for completion and once opened for the public, it will provide the 2012 Olympics with state of art rafting and canoeing facilities for both 300 meter Olympic course and a 160 meter intermediate run. For the event itself, Lee Valley White Water stadium has been given temporary stands, that will be able to accommodate up to 12,000 spectators.
According to John Armitt, (Chairman, Olympic Delivery Authority),
“The completion of the White Water Centre – on budget and over 18 months before the Games – is a huge milestone. As the first brand new 2012 venue we have finished, it is a clear sign of the early legacy the Games are already delivering.”