May 22 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Three people proposed to their loved ones on the ArcelorMittal Orbit during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The men, who all had their proposals accepted, were among more than 130,000 people who took in the views from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
The red steel structure, which sits by the Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park, will become a tourist attraction once the site is fully open in 2014.
During the Games visitors who already had tickets to the Park were able to purchase tickets for the Orbit for £15 for adults, although it is not yet known whether this will be the price for the attraction when it reopens to the public.
The114.5metre high Orbit was designed by Cecil Blamond and Anish Kapoor and funded largely by ArcelorMittal.
Among the visitors during the Games were The Queen, Prince Phillip, Princess Anne, Lord Coe, Boris Johnson and the chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, Lakshmi N Mittal.
Mr Mittal said: “This has been one of the most successful and unforgettable Olympic and Paralympic Games ever and for ArcelorMittal to have been a part of it is something that we are all extremely proud of – it has been a great symbol of what steel can achieve.
“The ArcelorMittal Orbit has surpassed all expectations that I had and I am looking forward to the role it will play in the legacy plans for East London.”
The Orbit will be handed over to the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the body in charge of the Park after the Games. The attraction will be able to accommodate around 5,000 visitors a day.