Fresh London 2012 Olympic legacy images – last Basketball arena seats removed

The last seats were being removed from the London 2012 Olympics Basketball Arena this week.

The 12,000-seater venue saw both the USA’s men’s and women’s teams win gold in Summer with victories over Spain and France respectively in the Olympic Basketball finals.

The London Legacy Development Corporation’s contractor is now well underway on dismantling the stadium with the images below showing the last seats being removed.

Some 3,000 of the seats are being reused for the new Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre that the LLDC is building on the site of Eton Manor which hosted wheelchair tennis during the Games

A further 7,000 seats have been sold while the remaining 2,000 seats being made available to the rental market.

The shell of the venue is going back to Barr Construction that owns it.

The Olympic Basketball arena had been due to go to Rio de Janeiro to be used in the 2016 Olympics, but Rio chiefs concluded that it was not the most cost effective plan going forward.

Work started on removing the temporary venue in October.

The Basketball Arena, sitting between the Velodrome and the Athletes Village, will be completely removed by summer 2013, allowing work to begin in its place on Chobham Manor – the first neighbourhood to be built in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Chobham Manor will be around 850 new homes, 70% of which will be family homes. The first homes will be ready at the end of 2014.

The Basketball Arena is one of three temporary venues being removed from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by the LLDC.

The others are the Riverbank Arena – used for Hockey – which has already been removed and the Legacy Corporation has begun work to remove the Waterpolo Arena.




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