Name: North Greenwich Arena (formerly O2 Arena and Millennium Dome)
Location: Drawdock Road, Greenwich Peninsula, London
Year of construction: 1999 (redevelopment 2007, 2012)
Estimated cost: £ 789,000,000 (Millennium Dome)
Set to host the climax of the men’s (quarter-finals onwards) and the women’s (semi-finals onwards) basketball tournaments (as well as gymnastics), the North Greenwich Arena is the largest indoor Olympic venue for 2012. With a height exceeding 50m, the marquee-like structure is supported by 12 pillars of 100m extending out of the canopy.
Having become one of London’s most recognisable landmarks, the North Greenwich Arena is also among the city’s largest buildings. Originally built as a celebratory exhibition centre for the new millennium, it was redeveloped in 2007 into a multi-purpose entertainment venue, hosting concerts, sporting events as well as numerous other entertainment shows and events.
The Dome, as it is commonly known to Londoners, is no stranger to basketball as it has previously hosted several NBA Europe games, including the first-ever regular season games played in Europe earlier this year, when the Toronto Raptors took on the New Jersey Nets on 4 and 5 March.