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London 2012's legacy: diggers and a potential white elephant in the stadium

Publié par Clifford Armion le 02/12/2013

Owen Gibson

It is an eerie, almost melancholy experience to stand in the middle of what remains of the London 2012 basketball arena. Six months ago, it was a cauldron of noise and emotion; now the only sound is the whistling February wind and the drumming of rain on the PVC walls, punctuated by the rhythmic clanking of 33 scaffolders removing what remains of the Meccano-like structure.
The £42m temporary venue, which seated 12,000 people and hosted basketball and handball, will be gone within five weeks.
Already, as we stand on the uneven concrete floor clad in our hard hats and safety boots, very little of the interior remains. Eventually, 800 three-bedroom houses will stand here – about 10% of the 8,000 slated for the park over the next two decades.
It was long claimed that the arena would be packed up and shipped, Ikea-style, to Rio, where it could be used for the next Olympics, and stand as a neat metaphor for a sustainable Games.
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"London 2012's legacy: diggers and a potential white elephant in the stadium", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2013. Consulté le 23/10/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/london-2012-s-legacy-diggers-and-a-potential-white-elephant-in-the-stadium