Olympic Basketball Arena is on the market

GL Events has put the Olympic Basketball Arena up for sale, as well as the temporary seating used across several Olympic and Paralympic venues.

The Olympic basketball arena is up for sale
The Olympic basketball arena is up for sale

Potential buyers can purchase the temporary structure as a whole package, including all 12,000 seats, or choose solely to buy the interior seating and stands.

In its search for buyers, GL Events is targeting emerging sporting markets such as Brazil, Russia, China and the Middle East, as well as the USA.

GL Events Owen Brown is managing the sale of the temporary structure, while GL Events Slick Seating is overseeing the sale of seating.

Slick Seating won the contract to supply around 125,000 temporary seats to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It manufactured the arena’s entire internal seating structure, as well as grandstands used at other Olympic venues, including the Riverbank Arena, Greenwich Park and Lord’s Cricket Club, which hosted the archery.

Alex Robertson, managing director of GL Events Owen Brown Consortium, said the 2012 Games were a "coming-of-age" for temporary structures.

"Not only did they perform a multitude of tasks necessary for the smooth running of the Games, they helped the organising committee avoid a legacy of unwanted buildings and enabled events to be staged at iconic locations, which gave the London 2012 Games a wow factor like no other before it," he said.

"The jewel in the crown of everything that GL Events supplied to London 2012 is undoubtedly the Basketball Arena which, despite the temporary nature of its design, could easily be reconstructed and would give excellent service for many years."

The GL Events consortium manufactured and supplied 170,000sqm of temporary buildings during the Games – enough to cover 22 football pitches.

At 115m long and 35m high, the basketball arena was the largest single temporary structure used at an Olympic Games. It is currently being dismantled at the Olympic Park.

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