The Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London reopened March 2014. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

'It's like swimming in a spaceship': Aquatics Centre opens to public

The Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London reopened March Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

The 1956 Melbourne Olympic swimming pool, as it looks now, seating from the games still in place but a gym now covers the competition pool.

The 1956 Melbourne Olympic swimming pool, as it looks now, seating from the games still in place but a gym now covers the competition pool.

The Olympic swimming pool from the 1952 games in Helsinki, now a recreational facility used in the summer.

Outdoor Swimming pool, next to Olympia Stadium - Uimastadion- Helsinki Picture Gallery - Photo Gallery - Images

1952 Olympic swimming pool, Helsinki. Originally Helsinki was awarded the 1940 games but WW2 cancelled those Olympics.

Originally Helsinki was awarded the 1940 games but cancelled those Olympics.

1948 Olympic swimming pool, London. The swimming was held in the 1934 Empire Pool, no new buildings were constructed for the 1948 games after WW2.

Good comparison Olympic details for Londons 1948 and I feel a display board coming on!

1936 Olympic swimming pool in Berlin, Germany reportedly had a capacity for 20,000 spectators!

1936 Olympic swimming pool in Berlin, Germany reportedly had a capacity for spectators

1932 Olympic swimming pool, Los Angeles. 10,000 spectators watched future movie stars such as Buster Crabbe and Eleanor Holm won gold medals in Los Angeles, and the Japanese men won all but one event.

spectators watched future movie stars such as Buster Crabbe and Eleanor Holm won gold medals in Los Angeles, and the Japanese men won all but one event.

The Los Angeles 1932 Olympic swimming pool had a $30million refurbishment after being abandoned in mid 90s to 2003. Standing next to the LA Coliseum it is now called the LA84 Foundation/John C. Argue Swim Stadium and is now a public recreation pool.

's 19323 Olympic Swim Stadium - pride of our City and an awesome, pristine place to swim!


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