Rio 2016 venue construction work enters the home straight
As the countdown clock struck one year to go until the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the city’s government announced that construction work on the venues for the Games was entering the home straight.
In particular, the finish line is in sight for the Barra Olympic Park, where work is now 82 per cent complete. The main venue cluster for the Games, six of Barra’s new venues – Carioca Arena 1,2 and 3, the Olympic Tennis Centre, the Rio Olympic Velodrome and the Future Arena – will be ready by the end of 2015, while the Olympic Aquatics Stadium will be complete in the first quarter of next year.
The two remaining venues in the Barra Olympic Park – the Rio Olympic Arena and Mara Lenk Aquatics Centre – were built for the 2007 Pan-American Games. Work on the Olympic Golf Course, situated close to the Olympic Park, is 98 per cent complete and will be finished in time for the test event in November.
Work is also progressing well on the three X-Park venues in the Deodoro Olympic Park, with construction nearly 80 per cent complete. The Whitewater Stadium, where the canoe slalom events will be held, is due to be ready in the first quarter of 2016, as is the Mountain Bike Centre, while the Olympic BMX Centre will be finished later this year. The Deodoro Olympic Park is the second largest venue cluster for the Games.
Find out more about the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at www.rio2016.com