Riverbank Arena

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Riverbank Arena
Riverbank Arena, 4 August 2012.jpg
The Riverbank Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympics
Location Olympic Park, Hackney Wick
London, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°32′58″N 0°1′14″W / 51.54944°N 0.02056°W / 51.54944; -0.02056Coordinates: 51°32′58″N 0°1′14″W / 51.54944°N 0.02056°W / 51.54944; -0.02056
Capacity 15,000 (5,000 post-Olympics)
Field size 100 by 64 metres (328 by 210 feet)
Opened May 2012
Tenants
2012 Summer Olympics (field hockey)

The Riverbank Arena was a stadium in the Olympic Park, in Hackney Wick, London, United Kingdom, containing a water-based astroturf.

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The Riverbank Arena was built with two venues for field-hockey competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics with capacities of 15,000 and 5,000, respectively, and venues for the football 7-a-side and football 5-a-side competitions at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

The budget for the stadium was £19 million. After the Olympics, the venue will be scaled down to a 5,000-seat arena and a training pitch and moved north to Eton Manor, a sport and leisure venue in Leyton, Waltham Forest.[clarification needed] In January 2011, Leyton Orient F.C. expressed an interest in moving into the stadium after the games.[1]

In May 2012, it opened with a test event, a men's and women's invitational hockey tournament.[2]

Riverbank Arena was dismantled following the conclusion of the 2012 Games. The Eton Manor venue on the Olympic Park will host the 2015 EuroHockey Nations Championships.[3]

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