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Friday01 August 2014

Aquatics Centre wins approval of Olympics spectators

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Research at three Games venues finds high approval ratings among visitors

Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre was a huge hit with Olympic Games spectators, according to research by the University of Westminster.

A survey of Olympic spectators found 95% of visitors to the Aquatics Centre were satisfied with their experience, while 85% thought the venue captured the “true spirit” of the Olympics.

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid inside the aquatics centre, which was a huge hit with spectators

Researchers from Westminster and the University of South Australia questioned spectators about their experiences at three venues – the Aquatics Centre, Greenwich Park and Wimbledon.

Ninety-two percent of Greenwick Park visitors said they were satisfied with their experience while 88% were satisfied at Wimbledon.

The three venues also gained the approval of international visitors, with 85% of those surveyed saying the events could not have been staged at better venues.

Andrew Smith, city tourism lecturer at the University of Westminster, said: “Our preliminary analysis suggests positive outcomes for London 2012 organisers. Those attending the events were very satisfied with their experiences and impressed with the venues.”

But he added: “We should remember that these results were derived from research undertaken in the positive afterglow of an event.”

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  • Let's celebrate a British Construction Success...Please comment if you are a UK manufacturer who helped make this and other Olympic venues happen? We at Thrislington Cubicles are proud to have been involved.

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  • i also approve of this arena!!!

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