Name: Olympic Basketball Arena
Location: North side of the Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Year of construction: 2010-2011
Estimated cost: £40,000,000
One of the largest temporary sporting venues ever built, the London Olympic Basketball Arena seats 12,000 spectators and will host all basketball games from the men’s and women’s tournaments except for the quarter-finals of the men’s event and the semis-finals and finals (men and women), which will be held at the North Greenwich Arena.
This venue will also host the conclusion of the handball tournaments and Paralympic wheelchair basketball and rugby.
An impressive white cloud-like structure, it looks light in spite of its very large size – 35m tall and large enough to fit a jumbo jet inside. It is expected to be lit up by coloured lighting during the Games, similarly to Bayern Munich’s impressive football stadium.
The Basketball Arena was designed and built specifically as a temporary structure and is set to be dismantled following the Paralympic Games, to be reused for other major sporting and non-sporting events, fitting into the Organising Committee’s plans of delivering not only on the Games themselves, but also a legacy for sport in Britain.