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150,000 watch the 1908 Olympics, greyhounds at the Stadium, the Stadium as it looked in the 1960s and the new BBC radio building that replaced it.

White City Stadium/BBC radio


The White City Stadium was built on a site of 1,000 feet by 700 feet. There was 5,000 tons of steel used to create the stadium. When the stadium was completed it was capable of holding 150,000 people. 68,000 people had seats provided and 17,000 were covered. The total cost of the stadium was 80,000. There was a dog track, a running track and a concrete cycling track. There was also a swimming tank on one side of the stadium.

The Olympics was held here in 1908 and it was the biggest stadium built anywhere in the world. In 1927 the stadium was used first used for dog racing. The following year speedway was held there but it only lasted for one year. There was a boxing match in 1932 with Larry Gains defeating Primo Carnera. QPR staged a football league match in January 1933 at the stadium due to having no floodlights at their own ground. In 1947 the first International Horse show was held there and in 1953 an All-American Baseball match. Amazingly, a first-group match for the 1966 World Cup was held between Uruguay and France. Sadly, in 1985 the stadium was demolished and it was bought by the BBC where they built their Radio Headquarters which stands there today.