London 2012 Water Polo Arena completed
3rd April 2012
The construction of one of the final London 2012 venues on the Olympic Park – the 5,000 capacity Water Polo Arena - is now complete, one month before hosting its test event.
The Arena - which will host the Water Polo Test Event, the Visa Water Polo International, in May - is easily distinguishable by its silver-coloured wrap and an inflatable roof, made from recyclable plastic.
It holds almost three million litres of water in the warm-up and competition pools.
The Water Polo Arena will be a great stage for epic Olympic medal battles in this fast and tough sport this summer.
The wedge-shaped structure will stage the men’s and women’s Water Polo competition during the Olympic Games.
Afterwards, the venue will be taken down, with elements reused elsewhere in the UK, including incorporating materials available through the rental market to promote reuse and reduce construction waste.
Seb Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee 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 worlds-best players at the Visa Water Polo Invitational in May, a vital test event for LOCOG ahead of the Games themselves.”
The British Gas GBR Women's Water Polo Team will compete in the Test Event from 3-6 May, taking on Hungary, Australia and USA.