London Olympics A general view of the London 2012 Olympic stadium in east London. The battle for the future of the Olympic Stadium is starting to get ugly. The London 2012 Olympics built to 80,000-seater arena into a 60,000-seater stadium designed purely for football. West Ham plan to also decrease the stadium to 60,000 seats, but intend to keep the running track and allow athletics and cricket to be played at the stadium in the summer when the football season has finished. The positive thing about both bids is that they will create construction jobs for plumbers, electricians and gas engineers, as new facilities will have to be installed and wired in the stadium. London Boris Johnson and the Olympic Park Legacy Company will make the decision.