Walk in the footsteps of sporting greats Usain Bolt and Mo Farah on a tour of London Stadium, home to West Ham United FC and the scene of memorable Olympic moments in 2012.
- Enjoy panoramic views of this multi-use venue, scene of some incredible Olympic and Paralympic sport.
- Visit the changing rooms and get a feel for the pre-match atmosphere before heading out pitchside.
- Run on the indoor track where the top athletes warmed up at the 2012 Olympics before entering the stadium.
What to See and Do
Whether you are a sports fan or not, having access behind the scenes of a top sporting arena is always a treat. Now home to West Ham in the Premier League, you will be able to visit and admire the modern-day changing rooms before having the thrill of heading up the player’s tunnel. Once out pitchside you will be able to sit in the dug-out and see the manager’s view. The tour is full of great photo opportunities as you access areas usually off-limits to fans.
As well as guides the stadium tour also uses multimedia handsets to portray the history already made in the London Stadium. The stadium was the centrepiece of the London Olympics and you can relive the stories of those special couple of weeks in 2012. From Usain Bolt’s individual sprint double to Great Britain’s ‘Super Saturday’ success, you will be able to revisit some of the greatest moments of the games as you make your way around. A special treat is visiting the indoor warm-up track within the stadium where a photo opportunity on the podium awaits.
Match Day Tour
For football fans and West Ham fans especially, a match day tour could provide the icing on the cake. Get a feel for the match day atmosphere as you experience behind the scenes areas only hours before the players head out on to the pitch. Your guide will provide you with interesting facts about the history of the stadium and West ham United FC, while also regaling you with stories of events and the people who helped to make them happen.
Queen Elizabeth Park
The London Stadium is located in Queen Elizabeth Park where many of the Olympic and Paralympic events were held in 2012. The park is a great place to explore and relax after your stadium tour. There is something for everyone with beautiful parklands and waterways set alongside world-class sporting venues, plus play areas for the kids and great views from the UK’s tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
Did You Know: (5 interesting facts!)
- Following the Olympics, the stadium went through a huge transformation as part of a legacy to make it an all year round multi-use venue.
- When initially built around 800,000 tonnes of soil had to be excavated and removed from the site, enough soil to fill the iconic Royal Albert Hall 9 times over.
- The stadium is located at the southern end of Queen Elizabeth Park and was built on what is in effect an island as modifications of waterways meant access was via footbridges.
- The roof is now twice the size of the original one following the stadium transformation after the Olympics, covering all the seats and the largest of its kind in the world.
- A re-configuration of the lower tier seats means they are retractable, providing additional space when hosting athletics or music concerts, but allowing them to be moved so fans are closer to the action for football and rugby matches.
- May 2008 Construction on the stadium begins following land preparation work the year before.
- 31 March 2012 First public event at the stadium as it provides the finish line for the National Lottery Olympic Park Run.
- May 2012 Stadium officially opened by 9-year-old Niamh Clarke-Willis alongside Lord Coe.
- 27 July 2012 Opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- 4 August 2012 In a fantastic night of athletics Great Britain win 3 gold medals on ‘Super Saturday’.
- March 2013 After much wrangling West Ham United FC are confirmed as the stadium’s future tenants.
- August 2013 Work begins to transform the stadium into a multi-use venue.
- 29 August 2015 Samoa played Barbarians in a warm-up game which also serves as a testing match for the stadium ahead of staging pool games in the Rugby World cup.
- 7 August 2016 West Ham play Juventus to mark the official opening of the stadium as their home ground.
- August 2017 Stadium stages IAAF World Athletics championships.
Facilities and Accessibility
London Stadium tours are fully accessible with lifts to all levels, where accessible toilets can be found. The multi-media handsets are easy to use and offer 4 additional languages besides English. Prams, however, are not permitted, so while young children are welcome they will need to be carried.
Refreshments are available at the stadium café on the lower level, which is open before tours begin and also for a period of time after the tour has ended. Groups may be able to arrange food packages in advance of their tour. Similarly, the club shop will be open where you can purchase a selection of sporting souvenirs and gifts.