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The venue
The venue


One of the largest-ever temporary venues built for any Olympics, the 12,000-capacity Basketball Arena is the third-largest venue in the Olympic Park and will host events every day of the Games.


The venue

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Basketball Arena

Basketball Arena

The frame is covered with stretched white material which will be used for light projections during the Games - in a similar way to the Beijing 2008 "Water Cube". Although it is a temporary structure, it is one of the most eye-catching venues of London 2012 and shares a 'backstage' area with the Velodrome and BMX Track.


Under construction

Basketball Arena

Basketball Arena


 It took just three months to erect the 1,000-tonne steel frame in spring 2010, but construction on the site began in October 2009 before being completed within budget in June 2011 at a cost of £40m.


From an aerial perspective

Basketball Arena - Jason Hawkes

Basketball Arena

Jason Hawkes


Specialising in aerial photography since 1991, Jason Hawkes has produced over 40 aerial photographic books for the likes of the BBC, Random House and Harper Collins. Taking to the sky in a helicopter, he snapped this impressive photo of the Basketball Arena, amongst other pictures of Olympic venues.


Sporting events

Basketball - London 2012


London 2012


Olympic Events

Basketball - 27th July-7th August
Handball - 8th-12th August

Paralympic Events

Wheelchair Basketball - 30th August-8th September
Wheelchair Rugby - 5th-9th September


Nearby Food and Drink

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The Olympic Stadium is located within the Olympic Park, Stratford. Even though the park isn't located within central London, there are numerous  restaurants and bar venues nearby: 


Forman's Fish Island 

  • 7 minute walk
  • Best of British menu devised by Lloyd Hardwick
  • Bethnal Green - 2 tube stops from Stratford, via the Central line
  • Minimalist warehouse chic restaurant with a great brunch menu
King Eddie's 
  • 20 minute walk
  • An east-end style gastropub with a traditional and affordable menu

The Britannia 

  • 24 minute walk
  • Large pub garden, jukebox and laidback atmosphere
Pub on the Park 
  • London Fields station - 1 stop from Stratford, via National Rail
  • Large garden and extensive beer menu, with traditional bitters and run-of-the-mill lagers


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Westfield Stratford

Westfield Stratford

Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre

  • 10 minute walk
  • This 1.9 million square foot shopping mall has been billed as the 'gateway' to London's Olympic Park. With 300 high street shops, 50 or so restaurants, a 14-screen cinema, a bowling alley and the UK's largest casino, it's an impressive entertainment venue that's located just minutes away from the Olympic Park.


Roman Road Market 

  • Mile End Tube - 1 stop from Stratford, via London Overground
  • Situated on the oldest known trade route in Britain, this market offers crafts, antiques, food, clothing and more

Hackney PictureHouse 

  • Hackney Central - 1 stop from Stratford, via London Overground
  • Seven-screen cinema with three bars - including Hackney Attic which hosts music and comedy evenings
Theatre Royal Stratford East 
  • 18 minute walk
  • 450-seat theatre that showcases new writing and ethnically diverse plays

The Greenway 

  • 7 minute walk
  • A flat, almost continuous and straight traffic-free walking and cycling route that carves through East London at a high level 
All Star Lanes 
  • 10 minute walk
  • Bowling alley located within Westfield Stratford Centre
Victoria Park 
  • Mile End Tube - 1 stop from Stratford, via the Central Line
  • The city's first public park boasts picturesque lakes and an Old English Garde




There are numerous options when travelling to the Olympic Park. Driving is not advised due to high levels of traffic and restricted parking - limited, pre-booked parking will be available for disabled spectators. Public transport options include:


Delivering passengers from St Pancras to Stratford International in just seven minutes, the Olympic Javelin high-speed train shuttle service will take up to an estimated 25,000 travellers per hour. 

Overground Stations

National Rail, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground will run trains to the following stations: 

London Underground

  • Stratford - Jubilee and Central Lines
  • West Ham - District, Hammersmith & City, and Jubilee Lines 
Walking and Cycling

Greenway walking and cycling routes will connect the Olympic Park with numerous locations - including Victoria Path, Lee Valley North and Epping Forest. The walking routes are step free and there will be free cycle parking provided at the Eton Manor Transport Hub, Greenway Transport Hub and Victoria Park.


Time lapse video


Film courtesy of London 2012.

Sophie Wallace


Sophie Wallace

4th October 2015





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