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Olympic basketball stadium opens for business

posted 16 Aug 2011, 11:24 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 16 Aug 2011, 11:26 ]
Basketball provides first action at London's Olympic Park.

LONDON, UK. AUGUST 16, 2011 - London's Olympic Park has staged its first sporting action as the Baketball Arena hosted a test event between China and Australia.

Australia won 71-43 in the 12,000-seater arena, a temporary building due to be dismantled after the games, with parts being re-used elsewhere. It will be one of the largest temporary venues ever to be used for an Olympic Games. The white exterior is due to provide a 3-D canvas for a light show once London 2012 gets underway.

"It's incredibly inspring to be inside a magnificent structure, no-one would think that this is a temporary place, you get inside and it's certainly inspirational, no doubt about it," said Great Britain Basketball Performance Director Chris Spice.

Talking of the court, he continued: "It feels like a good one , not yet though it's a bit new so it needs to be worn in, but certainly in a year's time the great thing about it is that it's down early from our point of view, so it will get a bit of use, you know the ball's a bit springy now and the floor hasn't settled down, but by the time we get to next year it will be playing perfectly."

Other teams competing in the test event are Croatia, France and Serbia, joining host nation Great Britain.

The Olympic Park, in Stratford, East London, is due to host a BMX World Cup event at the weekend.