For sale, one used Olympic basketball arena

LONDON – The London Olympic basketball arena graced by NBA stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James last year has been put up for sale.

Potential purchasers have the option of buying the venue complete with its distinctive white rippled external shell or bidding instead for the 12,000 seats and internal fittings.

GL events Slick Seating, a British company which provided temporary seats for Olympic venues across London, said it was organizing the sale of the arena.

Seeking to avoid the mistakes of past Games which were left with sports stadia they did not need, London made extensive use of temporary venues during the Games last summer.

Workers on the Olympic Park in East London are in the process of dismantling the basketball arena which will be stored in central England until a buyer is found.

There had been reports that Rio might want to purchase the venue for the 2016 Games but restrictions on the import of second-hand materials into Brazil would complicate that.

London hosted an NBA game last week when the New York Knicks beat the Detroit Pistons but that was held at the 02 Arena, by the river Thames. The same venue was used for the finals of the Olympic tournament after the group games had been played in the smaller temporary venue.

Britain spent 9 billion pounds ($14.3 billion) of public money on staging the Olympics but few begrudge that investment after a highly successful Games.

The one blot on the London record has been the failure to agree on a permanent tenant for the main Olympic Stadium.

($1 = 0.6304 British pounds)

(Writing by Keith Weir, editing by Justin Palmer)

Read more :
  • UE Red Warriors ready to wreak havoc in Season 76
    The University of the East Red Warriors are all set for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 which will begin on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pas...
  • Blatter slams Euro 2020 format over 13 countries
    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has criticised the proposed format set to be used at Euro 2020 and says the scattering of the tournament over 13 countries will not make it a true European champ...
  • Rafael Nadal defends Andy Murray
    Rafael Nadal has jumped the to the defence of Andy Murray after recent criticism over his back injury. The Scot struggled during his second-round win over Jarkko Nieminen during the French...
  • Premier League: Everton tear Manchester City’s title hopes to shreds
    Ten-man Everton sounded a probable death knell on Manchester City's title defence with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Premier League champions at Goodison Park on Saturday. Despite the sec...
  • Azarenka rocks past Vesnina to beat of new song
    MELBOURNE - An unreleased track by American DJ GoonRock helped Victoria Azarenka get back to her ruthless best at the Australian Open on Monday, the defending champion dispatching Elensa Ve...
  • Rio Ferdinand withdraws from England squad
    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro, national team coach Roy Hodgson announced on Monday...
  • Serena Williams pulls out of Rome Masters
    Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Rome Masters with an injury to her lower back. The former world number one had been due to take on China's Li Na at the semi-final stage this morning...
  • Maria Sharpova returns to world no. 1
    Maria Sharapova has returned to the summit of the women's tennis rankings following her French Open win on Saturday. The ranking completes a remarkable comeback for the Russian, who last s...