Olympic water polo arena complete

Construction work is complete on the temporary venue for water polo at the London 2012 Games, a month before it hosts its first test event.

Olympic water polo venue complete
Olympic water polo venue complete

The 5,000 capacity arena was built in 13 months and is one of the final venues in the Olympic Park to be finished.

The distinctive wedge-shaped building is covered in a silver-coloured wrap and has an inflatable roof made from recyclable plastic. It will stage the men’s and women’s water polo competitions during the Games.

After the Olympics it will be taken down and its materials will be reused in the UK to reduce construction waste.

The venue sits at the main eastern entrance to the 500-acre park and will share some back-of-house facilities with the adjacent Aquatics Centre to make the best use of space.

Locog is now working to prepare the arena for its first test event – the Visa Water Polo International on 3-6 May, which is part of the London Prepares test series. Additional tickets for the competitions went on sale this morning through Ticketmaster along wil tickets for two sessions on the final day of the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament on 6 May.

Dennis Hone, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), said completing the water polo venue marked the end of the ODA’s major venue work on the Olympic Park. "The unique sloping roof design makes it instantly recognisable and, as with all our venues, huge efforts have gone into both sustainability and ensuring we don’t build venues that have no use after the Games."

Seb Coe, chairman of Locog, said: "The water polo arena will be a great stage for epic Olympic medal battles in this fast and tough sport this summer. We will now be working hard to quickly prepare the arena for fans to cheer on some of the world's best players at the Visa Water Polo Invitational in May, a vital test event for Locog ahead of the Games themselves."

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