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Review : Watching the IAAF World Championships 2017 at the London Stadium – 7th August 2017

Between the 4th and 13th August 2017, London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the location for one of the biggest global sporting events of the year.

The IAAF World Championships London 2017 is the biggest event to be staged at the London Stadium since the 2012 Olympic with 2000 athletes from 200 nations competing across 14 sessions. The London Championships will be the 16th in the event’s 34-year history with the first IAAF World Championships being hosted in Helsinki in 1983.

Despite the massive demand for tickets, it is still possible to attend certain sessions. Most fans arrive at Stratford station and then take a 20 minute walk to the stadium. Near the stadium is Hero Village which is a fan village full of athletic themed activities, events and sponsor displays specially built for the Championships.

You can enjoy the attractions of Hero Village  before you enter the stadium but there is no access after you have entered the stadium. Like many sporting events, there is security and bag checks and there may be queues to enter the stadium depending on what time you arrive.

Once inside the stadium complex, there is plenty of food and drink options to enjoy before and during the action.The event organisers try to create a party atmosphere with music and interviews with leading athletes before the action.

Many sessions start with medal ceremonies from the previous sessions events before the action starts.

Often there are a number of events taking place at the same time such as racing on the track, field events and action in the jumps.

Although the majority of supporters are from the United Kingdom, visitors from around the world arrive at the Championships to support their particular country or favourites.

With nearly 60,000 people in the stadium, it provides a great atmosphere to enjoy the world’s best athletes competing against each other.

For those without tickets, some free events take place outside of the stadium including the marathons which took place on the 6th August and the Race Walks which take place on the Mall on the 13th August.

Video Review available here

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