Construction starts on 2012 Basketball Arena

Construction on the Basketball Arena began after Shona Robison MSP, Scotland’s Minister for Public Health and Sport, visited the Olympic Park with John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). With 12,000 seats for the Basketball preliminaries and quarter-finals, as well as the Handball semi-finals and finals, the Basketball Arena will play an important role during the Olympic Games. It will have a capacity of 10,000 for Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby during the Paralympic Games.

The initial work on site will include some preliminary investigations for the arena’s foundations. Barr Construction, based in Glasgow, will begin work on the Arena’s main structure in the spring.

“I congratulate Barr on winning the contract to build the main structure of the Basketball Arena and am pleased to see work beginning on site,” Shona Robison, Minister for Public Health and Sport, said.

“The Scottish Government has been very clear that we want Scottish companies to have a fair share of the contracts from London 2012.”

“The experience of bidding on and hopefully winning more London 2012 contracts can only help companies prepare for the variety of contracts on offer for Glasgow 2014.”

“The Basketball Arena is an important venue for London 2012 because it will host four Olympic and Paralympic sports and will house the athletes before they make their way down to the Stadium for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies,” said ODA Chairman John Armitt.

“In the spring, Glasgow-based Barr Construction will begin work on the main structure of the Arena, which will seat up to 12,000 spectators during the Games.”

The Arena will be the largest temporary venue ever constructed for a Games. The Basketball Arena has no legacy requirements because the Handball Arena will be converted into a multi-purpose sports centre.

Last Updated on December 30, 2021


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