How much did the Olympic games cost?
Friday July 27, 2012. A data that will be forever associated with the day the Olympic Games returned to London for the first time since 1948.
Seven years after winning the bid to host the games, London announced itself to the watching world by producing a truly spectacular and majestic opening ceremony, magnificently choreographed by English film director and producer
Danny Boyle. Over the following 16 days, a global audience of billions were treated to one of the greatest shows on earth and most iconic sporting event the planet has to offer. Now the games have come to a close the burning question is... how much did it cost?
$100 million spirit - who wins from the last 5 games? (key - $0,2 billion, currency - $ US).
- Atlanta 1996 - $1,8 billion.
- Sydney 2000 - $6,9 billion.
- Athens 2004 - $15 billion.
- Beijing 2008 - $43 billion.
- London 2012 - $19 billion.
Budget overspending - who's flying their flag? (key - overall % overspent on each hosts original budget)
- 417% - Barcelona 92.
- 4% - Beijing 08.
- 796% - Monreal 76.
- 60% - Athens 04.
- 101% - London 12.
Building London 2012 stadia - which venues stuck the landing? (key - forecast cost as of December 2011, forecast cost as of March 2012, budget spend - November 2007, currency - £ million)
- Olympic stadium - £3, £500.
- Velodrome - +£1, £500.
- Handball arena - £500.
- Aquatics centre - £2, £500.
Investing in the games - who's lifting the weight? (key - currency - £ sterling)
- Central government (5,975 billion).
- National lottery (2,175 billion).
- Greater London authority (250 million).
- London development agency (925 million).
Stats and fact about the cost of the games...
- £600 million budget allocated for police & security.
- Key tourist venue upgrades £15,5m spent by westminster council.
- Cost of taking 30,000 staff on a tour of the olympic park is £2,5m.
- £29 million amount injected by Andy Burnham, december 2008 equivalent £1 million for each gold team gb won.