London 2012 in numbers
The Olympic Games happen every four years and represent one of the biggest moments in sport. They are especially important for whatever country – and city – is hosting them and can leave a long legacy behind. Sometimes that legacy is positive and sometimes it is not. After London 2012 we have seen a lot of positivity surrounding the economic benefits of the London Games as well as the improvements in infrastructure and the general sense of pride that followed the event. But, if you strip the 2012 Games back to the basics, what did London 2012 actually look like in numbers terms?
Before the Games
- 3 – before the bid was won London had already hosted the Olympics twice, in 1900 and 1948. With 2012 too that makes it 3 times.
- 46,000 – this was the size of the construction workforce that was required in order to build venues for the Games.
- 1,500 – the UK construction sector benefitted significantly from the 2012 Olympics and more than 1,500 UK companies won contracts with the Olympic Delivery Authority.
- 8,800,000 – tickets were selling way before the Games began and more than 8 million were sold in total. This beat Beijing in 2008 where only 7 million tickets were sold. In total, across all the Olympic Venues, 700,000 capacity was possible at any one time.
During the Games
- 204 – this was the number of competing nations that came to London 2012.
- 200,000 – across all areas of the Games, from construction through to staff, the size of the entire workforce topped 200,000.
- 34% – there were many good reasons to win a gold medal at the Olympics but the actual gold content in them was not one of them as it was only just over 1%. Almost 99% of the content of the gold medals at London 2012 was actually bronze.
- 27,000 – a lot of balls were purchased for the Olympics, including more than 26,000 tennis balls and 600 basketballs.
- 10,000,000 – water based events required more than 10 million litres of water overall.
- 8,000 – although it felt like only the lucky few were chosen to be Olympic torchbearers there were actually 8,000 across the country in total.
- 23,700 – with the 7th July London bombings still very fresh in the minds of Londoners security was a very big issue at London 2012. That’s why the security detail for the Games was more than 23,000 strong.
- 29,400,000 – this huge global sporting event was a very significant draw for tourists, whether sports fans or not. The number of people who travelled from other countries to London to be part of London 2012 was predicted to be more than 29 million but final numbers probably topped 30 at least.
- 10,500 – the Games wouldn’t be what they were without those who took part, which included more than 10,000 athletes, 7,500 team officials and 3,000 technical officials.
London 2012 was a vast event that required an enormous volume of collaboration and resources – when you look at it in numbers it seems even more impressive.