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In pictures: the completed 2012 basketball arena

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Work has finished on the 2012 Olympics Basketball Arena designed by Sinclair Knight Merz, Wilkinson Eyre and KSS

The arena was an early frontrunner to become the first venue to complete on the east London site but actually crossed the line in fourth. Hopkins’ velodrome was the ‘practical completion victor’.

The 12,000 seat, 115m-long venue is wrapped in 20,000m² of recyclable white PVC stretched over three different variations of an arched panel. It is one of the largest temporary venues ever used for an Olympic and Paralympic Games .

With the ODA’s construction works completed, the venue will now be handed over to the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to carry out overlay works to prepare the arena for the first Olympic Park test event in August.

Venue factfile:
- 12,000 black and orange seats in black and orange to represent the colours of a basketball
- Venue is 35 metres high (as high as the Tate Modern) and longer than a football pitch at 115 metres long
- 1,000-tonne steel frame wrapped in 20,000m² of recyclable white PVC membrane,
- During the Games the exterior will act as a canvas for an ‘artistic and innovative’ lighting design.
- Venue facilities including lifts, toilet blocks, corridors and VIP access rooms installed beneath venue seating frame
- After the Games the venue will be dismantled by the contractors which built and own the temporary elements, with the option of potentially using elements of the arena at other UK and overseas events.

Previous story (AJ 23.08.2010)

In pictures: Inside the 2012 Basketball Arena

Work has started on the interior fit-out of Sinclair Knight Merz, Wilkinson Eyre and KSS’s almost-complete 2012 Olympics Basketball Arena

The 12,000-seat temporary venue, which will host basketball and the handball finals, is on target to be the first complete London 2012 Olympics venue.

The scaffold and foundations for the seating are now being prepared on site. The seats will be installed in segments, allowing facilities – such as lifts, toilet blocks, corridors and VIP access rooms – to be simultaneously installed underneath.

The 35m-tall square-shaped building is 115m-long and the entire structure is wrapped in 20,000m² of recyclable white PVC stretched over three different variations of an arched panel.

During the games the exterior will be illuminated with artist-designed lighting schemes.

Seb Coe, London 2012 organising committee chair, 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. Basketball is one of the most popular Olympic sports and spectators will be able to see the game played out in spectacular surroundings.’

The venue will host wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby during the Paralympic Games.


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