RWC 2015 promises more golden memories. ER 2015 – rugbyworldcup.com

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As first dances go, this one was pretty much perfect. The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were a rare triumph, and at the centre of the action was the spectacular Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

At the start of the Games, the stadium represented a dazzling array of statistics. It cost £500m to build and houses 80,000 fans, making it the third biggest stadium in England behind Rugby World Cup 2015 venues Twickenham and Wembley.

The roof holds 14 lighting towers, each one climbing 70m into the sky. But it wasn’t until Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony that its heart began beating. Once it had, there was no stopping it.

In reality, a stadium is merely bricks and mortar until memories of great deeds begin to fill each and every corner. In one brilliant month, the Olympic Stadium secured more than its fair share. From that opening ceremony, to the collective efforts of Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford, or the incredible feats of David Weir, barely a moment passed without a new height being scaled.

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