Opening Ceremony London 2012 Celebrated With A Google Doodle
Summer London Olympics 2012, edition 30, debut on Friday at 22:00 CET. The London 2012 opening ceremony costed over 27 million euros ($33 million) and is centered on Danny Boyle’s (stage manager of Olympics 2012 opening event) vision over the British civilization.
Google couldn’t have missed such an important event and the officials of the search engine giant decided to celebrate it with one of their popular Google Doodles.
The repetition prior to the official Opening Ceremony London 2012 event, on Wednesday, gave us some clues about what the organizers have prepared for the audience of over 1 billion people. Compared to the Beijing opening ceremony that took place four years ago (a show that emanated force), the London 2012 opening will be “human” – it debuts with the aspects of the rural British live, it continues with the industrial society, then concentrates over the values of United Kingdom, where music is one of the main figures.
According to Stephen Daldry, Opening Ceremony Creation Manager, the show will bring an homage to the wealthy legacy, inventive energy, spirit and creativity that define the British islands. It is a journey that “celebrates what we are, what we were and what we are willing to be.”
London 2012 fun facts: 11 million tickets were issued for London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, of which 6.6 million are for the British attendants. 75% were already sold in the United Kingdom, while the rest were shared between IOC (International Olympic Committee), sponsors and national committees.
A global audience of 1 billion viewers was estimated for London 2012 opening ceremony.
£9.3 billion were spent for the Olympics 2012. It’s almost four times the cost foretasted when London’s candidature was accepted back in 2005. The initial budgets for security and opening and closing ceremonies were doubled. The budget for security now raises to £553 million, while the ceremonies budgets have been set to £81 million.
10,490 athletes were registered to 26 Olympic disciplines and will compete in 302 stages. The athletes will be subjects to 5,000 dopping tests. 1 million sporting goods will be required for London 2012 Olympic Games, of which 26,400 tennis balls, 6,000 basketballs and 6,000 bull’s eyes for archery.
London 2012 Olympics will take place in 34 locations in UK. The new location in the Olympic park, in East London is one of the 34. It took three years and 10,000 tons of steel to build the London 2012 Olympic stadium, in the center of the park.
2 million visitors are expected at London for the Olympics 2012. 14 million meals will be served during Olympics 2012: 232 tons of potatoes and 300 tons of fruits and vegetables will be used to feed the athletes. McDonald’s, installed the its biggest restaurant in the world in the Olympic Village. Forecasts say it will sell 50,000 Big Macs, 180,000 servings of french fried and 30,000 milkshakes.
46,000 workers have built the Olympic Park and Village. A total of 200,000 persons have been mobilized for the Olympic Games, of which 100,000 employees and 70,000 volunteers.
The Olympic Torch will have traveled 12,875 km at the time it arrives on the stadium for London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.