Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Olympic Centre Architect 'Had to Buy Tickets on Black Market'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Olympic Centre Architect 'Had to Buy Tickets on Black Market'

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Byline: Rashid Razaq Culture Correspondent

THE architect who designed the London Aquatics Centre has claimed she had to buy tickets on the black market to see the venue in action during the 2012 Olympics.

Zaha Hadid was invited to the centre's opening ceremony, where she met the Queen, but the award-winning architect said she was unable to get tickets to events through official channels.

Hadid, 65, told The Times she complained to Boris Johnson about her plight, and the Mayor replied: "Don't ever mention it to anyone."

During the Games thousands of spectators visited the Aquatics Centre, in the Olympic Park in Stratford, where Tom Daley and Rebecca Adlington won medals for Team GB.

Iraqi-born Hadid, pictured, who has lived in London since 1972, also spoke about walking out of an interview with the Today programme in September.

She left after she was asked about the deaths of construction workers in Qatar, where she is building a stadium for the 2022 World Cup. …

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