2012 Olympic Venue Preview: Basketball Arena

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: The Basketball Arena displays the Olympic Rings at the Olympic Park on July 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

The Basketball Arena's striking aesthetics make it one of the standout venues of the 2012 London Olympics.

Location: Within the Olympic Park in Stratford

Events: Basketball, Handball

Construction: Begun in 2009, completed in 2011.

Seats: 12,000 for Olympic basketball and Handball semi-finals and finals

The Basketball Arena in Olympic Park, which will be home to the Olympic basketball and handball tournaments, is one of the most visually striking venues of the 2012 London Olympics, thanks in part to its unique construction.

The venue's frame is made up of 1,000 tonnes of steel and is covered in 20,000 square metres of a recyclable white PVC fabric that will form the canvas for spectacular lighting displays during the Games.

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Stanley Chou/Getty Images

12,000 orange and black seats inside the Arena will be filled with fans throughout the Games, with both the Basketball and Handball tournaments lasting from July 28 to Aug. 12.

After the Olympics, the Arena will be taken down, with parts to be reused elsewhere.

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