Copper Box Arena
The Copper Box Arena in September 2013
|Former names||Handball Arena (2011–12)|
|Location||Hackney Wick, Hackney, London|
|Public transit|| Stratford|
|Owner||Greenwich Leisure Limited|
|Operator||Olympic Delivery Authority|
|Broke ground||October 2009|
|Construction cost||£44 million|
(£51 million in 2019 sterling)
|Architect||Make Architects, Populous, PTW Architects, ARUP|
|London Lions (2013–present)|
London GD Handball Club (2013–present)
London Pulse (2018–present)
The Copper Box Arena is a multi-sport venue in the Hackney Wick area of Hackney and was used for the 2012 Summer Olympics, located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England. Previously known as the Handball Arena, it was renamed because, aside from handball, it hosted modern pentathlon (fencing, shooting, swimming, horse jumping and running) during the Olympics and was the goalball venue for the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
London's Olympic bid proposed that there would be four indoor arenas in the Olympic Park, in addition to other main venues, but the revised masterplan published in 2006 reduced this to three, with the volleyball being moved to Earls Court Exhibition Centre. The fencing arena was also cancelled, and the fencing took place at ExCeL. Construction of the building was completed on time in early 2011 and came in under budget. The design incorporates light pipes and rainwater collectors to reduce both energy and water use by 40%. Test events were successfully hosted at the venue ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
In January 2012, the venue was renamed the Copper Box from the Handball Arena, thus reflecting the look of the building and the fact that it would not just be used for Handball. English Handball campaigned for the rebrand to be reversed.
The Copper Box has 7,000 seats. It was used for handball preliminaries and modern pentathlon fencing during the Olympic Games, and for goalball during the Paralympic Games. The handball men's quarter-finals, all semi-finals and both finals were held at the larger Basketball Arena.
The venue has been adapted into a multi-sport arena for community use, athlete training and major events.
British Basketball League side London Lions relocated to the Copper Box for the 2013–14 season. They played their first game there on 14 August 2013 in front of a sell-out crowd, losing 72–107 to the Iowa Hawkeyes American college basketball team in an exhibition match.
The venue played host to the Netball Superleague Grand Final on 25 April 2015, which saw the Surrey Storm win their first Netball Superleague title, defeating the Hertfordshire Mavericks, 56–39. The venue is the home arena for the London Pulse, who since 2018 have played in the Superleague. It has also hosted several home test matches for the England national team.
The floor was badly damaged during a mass fitness event in January 2014, resulting in several netball internationals having to be played elsewhere at the last minute.
On 3 February 2018, the Copper Box hosted the amateur boxing fight between YouTubers KSI and Joe Weller, which has since been dubbed "[t]he biggest white collar boxing contest ever in the UK". It has also hosted IBF boxing.
Later this year the venue will be used for New Japan Pro-Wrestling's biggest show on UK soil to date.
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