The London 2012 Basketball Arena has become the fourth Olympic Park venue completed, more than a year ahead of the Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority has confirmed.

The Basketball Arena is one of the largest temporary venues ever used for an Olympic and Paralympic Games and will be dismantled after the Games to be reused elsewhere.

Inside the arena (Pic: Dave Tully/Locog)

With the ODA’s construction works completed, the venue will now be handed over to the London 2012 Organising Committee to carry out overlay works to get the venue ready for the first Olympic Park test event – the London International Basketball Invitational to be held from August 16-21 which will see six top men’s teams: Great Britain, Australia, China, Croatia, France and Serbia.

During the 2012 Games, basketball preliminary matches and women’s quarter finals will be staged at the Arena, in addition to the Handball men’s quarter finals, all semi finals and medal matches. It will also host Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby during the Paralympic Games.

“Basketball is one of the most popular Olympic sports and spectators will be able to see the game played out in spectacular surroundings,” London 2012 Organising Committee chairman Seb Coe said.

“It is a superb venue which will be the centre of some of the best team action during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”


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