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London 2012 basketball venue design images revealed as planning secured

Design proposals for the basketball arena, the third largest venue on the Park, have gained planning permission. 

The building will be home to basketball, the Handball finals, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and will become a holding area for athletes for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

During the Olympic Games the temporary Arena will have 12,000 seats for the Basketball preliminaries and quarter-finals, as well as the Handball semi-finals and finals. During the Paralympic Games it will have a capacity of 10,000 seats for Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby.

The temporary structure was originally located in the west of the Olympic Park just north of the Olympic Stadium. Last year, its location was changed to the former site of the Fencing Hall, in the north of the Park, after Olympic Fencing, Wheelchair Fencing and Paralympic Judo were moved to the ExCeL venue in Docklands.

Design team for the Arena comprises Sinclair Knight Merz, Wilkinson Eyre and KSS Design Group.  The concept designs were agreed in June 2008, and the planning application was submitted in November 2008. Last week the Olmpic Delivery Authority Planning Committee resolved to approve the application subject to referral to the Government Office for London.

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