The Olympic Zone for Summer Games is to encompass all of the facilities within the 500 acre (2 km²) Olympic Park in Stratford. This park is to be developed on existing waste and industrial land, at grid reference TQ379849 on Map, and would be just seven minutes by Olympic Javelin train from central London. The park will contain following facilities:
The Olympic Stadium, hosting the track and field athletics events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.
The Aquatics Centre, hosting diving, swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo.
The London Velopark, including a 6,000 seat indoor velodrome for track cycling and a 6,000 seat outdoor BMX racing track.
The Olympic Hockey Centre, with 15,000 and 5,000 seat arenas, hosting the hockey.
Four indoor arenas (Olympic Park Arenas 1-4), hosting basketball (2), fencing (4), volleyball (1), handball (3), and the fencing and shooting disciplines of the modern pentathlon (2).
The London Olympic Village, with accommodations for all athletes and accredited officials (some 17,320 beds in total). After the games the village was planned a become a district of the Stratford City development, a multi-billion pound development project on the former railway goods yard to the east of the Olympic Park.
The Olympic Press and Broadcast Centres.
A tennis training centre.
The River Zone featured five main venues in the Thames Gateway area straddling the River Thames:
The ExCeL Exhibition Centre, for boxing, fencing, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting, and wrestling.
The Millennium Dome and Greenwich Arena, for badminton, basketball, and gymnastics.
Greenwich Park, for equestrianism.
The Royal Artillery Barracks, for shooting.
The Central Zone was formed out of all the remaining venues within Greater London. They are quite widely spread across central and west London:
The new Wembley Stadium for the football finals.
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon for tennis.
Lord's Cricket Ground for archery.
Regent's Park for road bicycle racing. Baseball and softball were also due to be hosted in Regent's Park before it was announced in July 2005 that they would be dropped as Olympic events for the London games.
Horse Guards Parade for beach volleyball.
Hyde Park for the triathlon.
Outside Greater London
Three of the venues would be just outside Greater London:
Weald Country Park, Essex for mountain biking
Broxbourne, Hertfordshire for canoe/kayak slalom
Dorney Lake, in Buckinghamshire, for rowing and canoe/kayak flatwater.
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, in Portland Harbour, Dorset on the south coast of England, would be used for the sailing events. It is around 120 miles (192 km) from central London.
The earlier stages of the football competition would be played at football stadia around the country including:
- Hampden Park in Glasgow
- Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
- Old Trafford in Manchester
- St James' Park in Newcastle
- Villa Park in Birmingham
- Windsor Park in Belfast
The Olympic Village will be located in Lower Lea Valley in east London. The area is currently underdeveloped, and will thus be a well-suited place to construct the village. Because the Olympic Village will be located within the Olympic Park, about 75 percent of athletes will be within 15 minutes of their venues; this compact design, according to double Olympic decathlon gold medallist Daley Thompson, will "make [the experience] so much more inspirating [sic] and real". When the games are over, the Village will be converted into new homes and facilities for the local community.
Australian construction company Lend Lease Corp Ltd has been chosen to build the Olympic Village. The project will cost £5.3 billion ($13.2 billion) and will be constructed in two phases. The first phase, which involves the development of 4,200 residential buildings and other accommodations for the village, will begin in 2008. When the 2012 Olympics are over, the second phase will involve the refurbishment of the Olympic village and construction on another 500,000 m2 of space to complete the regeneration of Stratford City.
The Olympic Village's accommodations will be the most spacious in Olympic history. Each athlete and official is guaranteed their own bed – over 17,000 beds in total. Each apartment will include internet access and wireless networking and other state-of-the-art technology.