Our tickets were for the 18.00 athletics session. Walking into the stadium was an awe inspiring experience. We approached up a flight of shaded external stairs, heading for an opening through which we could see mainly sky. Stepping out into the bright light of the huge stadium was breathtaking!
Our seats were in the 67th and 68th rows of the second tier of seats but the banking was so steep that the view was superb, with the whole field of play spread out below us.
The huge Olympic flame burned brightly below the giant screen.
Triangular stands of spotlights stood proud of the stadium roof, with hanging banks of speakers to relay the introductions of the athletes.
Shining as the sky turned dark.