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Londoners’ Stories about the 1948 Olympic Games and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Peter Swordy. Operations Manager Wembley Stadium

Peter Swordy
Operations Manager Wembley Stadium

My name is Peter and this is my Testimony.

It’s a complicated exercise. Each event takes a minimum lead time of 12 weeks to organise, with some big events like the Olympics and the Champion League final, those events can take years to organise. But a small event, 12 weeks minimum. And it takes a lot of people, a lot of different departments to organise roughly 6,000 people to work here on event days.

We’re having a number of meetings with the Olympics people. They’re called LOCOG and the staff are all based over in Canary Wharf, in Docklands, and they come here for meetings every month. And we decide how we’re going to change the buildings for them; how we’re going to make the building secure for them; what our staff are going to wear and who’s going to do all the tasks for them: cleaning, security, stewarding. And it involves a lot of difficult negotiations, but they seem to be going well now.





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