The Riverbank Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympics
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park|
Stratford, London, E20
|Capacity||15,000 (5,000 post-Olympics)|
|Field size||100 by 64 metres (328 by 210 feet)|
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.
In May 2012, it opened with a test event, a men's and women's invitational hockey tournament.
Riverbank Arena was dismantled following the conclusion of the 2012 Games. The Eton Manor venue on the Olympic Park, now known as the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, hosted the 2015 EuroHockey Nations Championships. The facility reopened in June 2014 and is the current ground of Wapping Hockey Club.
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