By the numbers

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am



2012 will be the third time that London hosts the Olympic Games, after 1908 and 1948. However, it is the first time the city actually won a bid to stage the event. In 1908, London stood in as host city following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Rome, the original hosts; London was supposed to host the 1944 Games, which was cancelled because of world war two, so in 1946, the International Olympic Committee selected the city for the 1948 Games


The number of National Olympic Committees who were eligible to bid for hosting rights to the 2012 Games


Medal programmes for next year's Games, two less than at Beijing 2008 after baseball and softball were both discarded

GBP9.3 billion

Budget for building the London Games venues and infrastructure, compared to ?20 billion spent for the 2008 Beijing Games

8.8 million

Tickets that will be available for the Games


Number of newts relocated from the Olympic Park to the Waterworks Nature Reserve


Total length of waterways within or close to the Olympic Park, much of which are being restored - the equivalent of 167 lengths of a 50-metre swimming pool


Number of people expected to use public transport to travel to the Games on the busiest day


Height of the Olympic Stadium - three metres taller than Nelson's Column


The total area of the Olympic Park is 2.5 square km, equivalent to the size of 357 football pitches


Trees that will be planted on the Olympic Park and Olympic Village sites, the first of which was planted on the Olympic Stadium site in October 2009


Proportion of material reclaimed from demolition within the Olympic Park that can be reused or recycled


Number of rail routes that will serve Stratford Station at the Olympic Park during and after the Games, making it the most connected station in London other than King's Cross St. Pancras