Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, the Aquatics Centre was built for Olympics 2012 with a massive capacity of 17,500. Events such as Diving, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Paralympic Swimming events and the Aquatics discipline of the Modern Pentathlon are seen here. The Aquatics Centre serves the portal to the Olympic Park as the visitors enter the park through a bridge that runs over the top of this venue. It has a magnificent roof that looks like a huge wave from the top, that is said to be 160 meters (524 feet) long and 80 meters (262 feet) wide. Inside the venue houses three pools - a 25-meter (82-foot) diving competition pool, a 50-meter (164-foot) competition pool and a 50-meter (164-foot) warm-up pool, along with a dry warm up area for the divers. A temporary 5000-seat venue will be right next to it for the Water Polo competition. Along the Aquatics Centre is a new riverside environment created by widening a roughly 600-meter (1968-foot) stretch of the river to the south west of this venue. Although the Aquatics Centre was built for the 2012 Olympics, even after the event it will remain as a permanent sports center, open for the local community as well as professional swimmers. Temporary portions of the venue will be brought down after the Olympic Games, which will bring down the capacity to 2500 seats.
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