Case Study: London 2012 Basketball Arena

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During the London 2012 Games, the Basketball Arena will host Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and the final stages of the Handball competition.

Sport: Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, HandballLocation: In the north of the Olympic ParkNew or existing: NewPermanent or temporary: TemporaryNumber of events: 7About the Basketball ArenaConstruction on the Basketball Arena began in October 2009, with work to erect the 1, 000–tonne steel frame starting in March 2010. Construction was completed within budget in June 2011. It is one of the largest–ever temporary venues built for any Games. The London 2012 Basketball Arena was the fourth Olympic Park venue completed, more than a year ahead of the Games and was one of the quickest venues to finish construction. With the ODAs construction works completed, the venue was handed over to the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to carry out overlay works to get the venue ready for the first Olympic Park test event in August – when the venue hosted the London International Basketball Invitational from the 16th–21st August which saw six top mens teams from around the world come to London to compete (Great Britain, Australia, China, Croatia, France and Serbia). During the Games During the 2012 Games, Basketball preliminary matches and Womens quarter finals will be staged at the Arena, in addition to the Handball mens quarter finals, all semi finals and medal matches. It will also host Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby during the Paralympic Games. During the Olympic Games there will be a period of just 22 hours to transform the venue from the Basketball competition to the Handball competition finals. This will include removing the Basketball posts and installing the Handball goals and field of play mat. Afterwards, during the Paralympic Games, there will be just 12 hours to get ready for Wheelchair Rugby after the Wheelchair Basketball competition finishes, with similar changes needed. The venues back of house area will be shared with the Velodrome and BMX Track to make most efficient use of space and resources. This will include two courts in temporary accommodation and areas for catering, security, waste management and the media. After the GamesThe Basketball Arena will be taken down after the Games. Parts of it are expected to be reused or relocated elsewhere in the UK. Construction was completed on the Basketball Arena in June 2011.

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