White City: the world's first Olympic stadium

Date

2023

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

0265-1076

DOI

Volume Title

Publisher

The Historical Association

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

The modern Olympic Games were first held in 1896, but it was not until their fourth edition, held in London 1908, that they had a purpose-built stadium as their sporting and ceremonial heart. This article explores that stadium’s history. At a time when the Olympic movement did not consider the legacies of its venues, the stadium was due to close at the end of 1908: but it survived and found multiple new uses before its closure and demolition in 1985. The article considers the stadium’s unplanned influence on London’s sporting life, and ends with a review of the site now.

Description

Keywords

Olympic Games, White City, London, history, stadiums

Citation

Polley, Martin (2023) White City: the world's first Olympic stadium. The Historian, 160

Rights

Research Institute

Institute of History