The London Olympics 2012 is finally underway and the Opening ceremony on the 27th of July 2012 was one of the best we have witnessed so far. It truly was a grand opening to ‘the greatest show on earth’, as said by the British PM David Cameron. With over an estimated 4 billion audience around the globe, all eyes are now set on London for the next 3 weeks, which is hosting its third Olympic Games in history, a record. It sure is going to be full of non-stop exhilarating action. At Mr. Geek, we have searched the web for the most interesting facts about London Olympics 2012 and here are some of them. Do scroll down for the striking Infographic.

 General Facts

  • The overall cost of London Olympics is almost 15$ Billion, which is three times more than the estimated cost.
  • According to the rumors, London 2012 may witness the reunion of Spice Girls in the closing ceremony.
  • London is now the only city to host the Olympics for three times. The first two Olympic Games were hosted in 1908 and 1948.
  • London 2012 is expected to have the largest audience. More than 4 billion people will have access to the games.
  • 20,000 media related people will be at the London to cover the Olympic Games.
  • The London Olympic stadium is the lightest stadium of all times.
  • There are two “first timers” for women in this Olympics. Every country participating in the Olympic Games has a female athlete for the first time. And this time, Olympics will feature female boxing as well.
  • London 2012 is the Olympic Games with most Olympic ticket on sale. There are 8.8 million tickets available for the public.
  • This Olympics also owns the world record for the largest and heaviest summer Olympic medals.
  •  Most Olympic drug tests (5000 to be precise)
  •  Most expensive ticket for an Olympic event (2012 pounds for Class A seats)
  • Most expensive logo produced for an Olympic Games (£400,000)
London Olympics 2012 fireworks
Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

  • The Olympic Stadium has a capacity of 80,000.
  • It is the lightest Olympic Stadium ever built, with the roof made out of PVC instead of concrete or steel.
  • The fourteen lighting towers are needed because this the first Olympic Games with HD TV freeze-frame coverage that will be essential to capture the action.
  • Part of the supporting structure of the roof is formed from 2,500 tonnes of steel tubing that was actually recycled from old gas pipelines.


  • The Velodrome ‘Cable – net’ roof is made from 17 km of steel cables. That’s over 10 miles of steel cable, twice the height of Mount Everest.
  • The designers and builders of the London 2012 Velodrome are aiming for it to be the fastest indoor cycling track in the world.

International Broadcast Centre

  • The International Broadcast Centre will be a 24 hour media hub for around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists who will bring the Games to an estimated four billion people worldwide.
  • It is the size of six full size football pitches.
  • The biggest fork lift truck in the country was used during the erection of the steel frame.

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