Monday28 July 2014

For sale: One Olympic basketball arena

From: The newsdesk blog

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The Olympic basketball arena, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, KSS and Sinclair Knight Merz, is officially up for sale.

That means it won’t be going to Swindon, where it was destined to become a sports centre, and it certainly won’t be flown across the Atlantic Ocean for the people of Rio to use in the next Olympics.

At the moment it’s still sitting on the Olympic Park, like a sad marshmallow whose insides are being dismantled.

Olympic basketball arena being dismantled

Olympic basketball arena being dismantled


So who could buy it, as a whole?

My suggestion is for some fancy public school that needs a new sports hall. Surely there would be nothing greater for the brochure than trumpeting “YOUR child could train in the school’s private Olympic basketball arena!”.

With 12,000 seats, a VIP seating area, stands, staircases and a high-spec media platform, it could cut the deal.

Or, now that the broadcast centre has a tenant, it could become the temporary Houses of Parliament.

A hotel in Dubai might want it, as a giant wedding marquee.

Olympic basketball arena

It could work as a giant wedding marquee

Or it could be sent it to Glasgow, for the Commonwealth Games. But that would be too easy.

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