London 2012; Major League Baseball in former Olympic Stadium

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Press release by London Stadium:


LONDON STADIUM TO HOST MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN JUNE 2019

London Stadium will be the first venue in Europe to host Major League Baseball, when the New York Yankees and the Boston Reds Sox meet at the venue in June 2019.

The landmark fixtures, forming MLB’s London Series 2019, will see the sport played in the UK for the very first time, as part of a double header between baseball’s two most-famous teams over the weekend of 28 and 29 June 2019.

MLB have played regular season games Mexico, Japan, Australia & Puerto Rico, but have never ventured to Europe, and this will be the first time that the Yankees & Red Sox rivalry has been contested outside of the USA.

Graham Gilmore, CEO of London Stadium185 said:

“As a venue, we are immensely proud to be hosting the MLB’s international series at London Stadium in 2019.

“The event will see London Stadium further its aims to become the most widely used stadium in Europe, having hosted Premier League football, world athletics, international & domestic rugby union and league, Race of Champions in 2015 and inviting some of the world’s biggest musical names to perform in concert at the venue each summer.

“Our team delivered what has been widely lauded as the best IAAF World Athletics Championships and the IPC World ParaAthletics Championships in 2017, and we have scheduled our most expansive concert series yet for the summer of 2018. We are relishing the opportunity to work with MLB for their international series next summer.

“The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox rekindling their rivalry in the UK for the very first time, at London Stadium, will provide yet another incredible sporting spectacle which the entire city can be proud of.

“We look forward to welcoming the MLB, teams and fans to London Stadium for the first year of what we hope to be a fruitful, long term partnership.”

The Boston Red Sox have been designated the home side for both fixtures.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said:

“Since I became Mayor, I have been determined to bring baseball to our city and I am really pleased we have been able to reach what is an historic agreement.

“I’m committed – as is MLB – to ensure baseball has a long-term future over many years in London.”

London 2012; Olympic Stadium – Opening & Closing Ceremony transition time lapse

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Opening Ceremony

Taken from a camera located within the Olympic Stadium, this time lapse shows 80 hours of footage as the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is dismantled and the stadium ‘transitioned’ in readiness for the start of the athletics.

A huge team of crew and contractors worked around the clock using 6 cranes and 22 forklifts to remove over 320 truck loads of equipment from the stadium.

 

Closing Ceremony

Taken from a camera located within the Olympic Stadium, this time lapse shows the last day of athletics and then the 18 hours before the start of the Closing Ceremony on the 12th August 2012.
A crew of over 700 installed 93 truck loads of equipment including the 3,048 square meter main stage, 8,800 square meters of scenic floor covering and associated scenery.

After the Closing Ceremony is complete, the turf is removed and track protection gets laid in readiness for the start of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony load in.

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PyeongChang 2018; Photo: Opening Ceremony for the Paralympic Winter Games in the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium

Seo Soonseok KOR and Kim EunJung KOR walk up the stairs to light the Paralympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony for the XII Paralympic Winter Games in the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, PyeongChang, South Korea, Friday 9th March 2018. Photo: Joel Marklund for OIS/IOC. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC

Tokyo 2020; Kengo Kuma, “From Concrete to Wood: Why Wood Matters”

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The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami shattered coastal cities in Japan in 2011. Kengo Kuma, taking as a point of departure his experiences in the aftermath of that natural disaster, will examine humans’ relationship with nature, questioning the perceived strength of steel and concrete and proposing the reintroduction of wood in design as a fair and practical mediator between humans and nature.

Born in Tokyo, Kuma completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979 and spent time as a visiting scholar at Columbia University before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. Among his many works, recent projects include the Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum (2010), which won the 2011 The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize; the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center (2012), Nagaoka City Hall Aore (2012), and Ginza Kabukiza (2013). Two of his buildings outside Japan are the Besancon Arts and Culture Center and FRAC Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Conservatory of Music (both 2013). The firm currently has some one hundred projects ongoing in Europe, the U.S., Japan, China, and elsewhere in Asia. One of the most high-profile of these is the new national stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Since 2009, Kuma has been a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo. He has also written more than a dozen books—including Anti-Object (2013)—which have been published not only in Japanese but frequently in English, Chinese, and Korean, earning him a readership in many parts of the world. Kuma is an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and, as of 2009, an Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.