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2012 Olympic Games: London unveils venues

Jan. 4, 2012, 11:21 a.m.
The Basketball Arena is one of the largest temporary venues that has ever been commissioned for the Olympics.

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Basketball Arena

The Basketball Arena will host the Olympic and Paralympic basketball events, as well as wheelchair rugby and handball.

 

The unusual structure, which was completed in June 2011 and has a crowd capacity of 12,000, is one of the largest temporary venues that has ever been commissioned for any Olympics. Constructed using 1,000 tons of steel framing and 20,000 square meters of stretchy PVC membrane, the arena's white exterior will serve as a light show canvas during the Games.

 

After the Games are over, the arena will be deconstructed and materials will be recycled into other building projects around the country.