The grass was finally greener at the Olympic Stadium after the final section of turf was laid marking an end to the construction of the venue.

Builders first kicked off work on the 80,000-seater stadium, less than three years ago in May 2008, which has been completed on schedule. More than 5,250 people have worked on the project with more than 240 UK businesses involved.

ODA chairman John Armitt said: "The Olympic Stadium has been finished on time and under budget. To complete a complicated project such as this in less than three years is testament to the skill and professionalism of the UK construction industry.

"I would like to thank the Team Stadium consortium and all of the workers for their hard work and commitment. It is thanks to them that we can today celebrate this huge milestone for the London 2012 project and be proud of what can be achieved by UK plc," he added.

The turf was grown in Scunthorpe from a special blend of perennial rye grass, smooth stalk meadow grass and fescue grass seeds. A total of 360 rolls of turf were used to cover the 9,000m² area.

The running track will be laid later this year which will ensure it is protected during the programme of temporary works for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Posted on 29/03/2011