The London 2012 Olympic Stadium Legacy Plan: is it realistic or feasible?

Brigden, Jessica (2010) The London 2012 Olympic Stadium Legacy Plan: is it realistic or feasible? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study is an investigation into whether the London 2012 Olympic Stadium Legacy Plan is realistic or feasible. A review of current literature revealed that, like London, most mega event host cities use these events as a method of urban regeneration. LOCOG identified the benefits of producing a legacy action plan early on and secured the right to host the games on the strength of this. However, the Olympic Stadium has still not been assigned a definite future use and key decisions such as seating capacity have not yet been finalised. This desktop research exposed a gap in knowledge hence the requirement for this study. The analysis of secondary data through the exploration of past Olympic Games and mega events in the UK revealed that lack of preparation prior to the games combined with inappropriate aspirations for the future are often the reasons that large sporting infrastructure unsuccessful. Evaluating London against these events proved that all the suggested planning procedures are being followed and London has learnt from the mistakes of past events. This success of the legacy should be attributed to the implementation of a legacy vehicle, appointed to oversee the Olympic park for the 25 year period after the games. Despite the formation of a rigid legacy plan the future of the stadium is still undecided so the priority is to find a financially viable use for it. The feasibility of possible future uses have been compared and contrasted with the opinions of the public acquired through a combination of interviews and an online questionnaire. The collation of all this information enabled a number of recommendations to be drawn. From a verity of possible uses this study has identified that creating a mixed-use athletics and football stadium would be the most feasible option. Incorporating the ability to host live music events would also boost the financial viability of the site.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/867

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