The Copper Box Arena was the first former Olympic venue to open, exactly one year after the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games on 27 July 2013. As part of its London 2012 Legacy commitments, the Copper Box Arena offers affordable fitness facilities to all ages and abilities, and has proven a hugely popular venue for hosting a variety of community, corporate and sports events.
As London’s third largest arena, accommodating up to 7,500 spectators, the past three years have seen the Copper Box Arena make its mark on the national and international stage. The venue has hosted a number of major sporting events including the Invictus Games, the BT Sport World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge, a number of sell-out England Netball international games, international boxing tournaments and several England handball games. Looking ahead, the Copper Box Arena is due to stage three EuroBasket 2017 Qualification Series games, the 2016 National Taekwondo Championships and the opening match of the Vitality Netball International Series when the England Roses take on Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls.
As part of its London 2012 Legacy commitments, the Copper Box Arena also delivers a diverse and plentiful grassroots sports programme for the local community and is used by more than 20 local sports clubs and 20 local schools as well as being home to the London Lions basketball team, Leyton Women’s Netball team, London GD Handball Club and London Titans Wheelchair Basketball Club.
Alongside a full sporting and community events programme, the venue continues to host a range of high-profile, unique corporate events, which, during 2016 alone, has included BBC One’s Sport Relief 2016 live TV broadcast, the launch of the new Sony PS4 Gran Turismo 7/GT Sport game and internal awards party for Bauer Media, which includes brands 4 Music, Kiss and Grazia.
Operated by charitable social enterprise GLL, on behalf of London Legacy Development Corporation, the Copper Box Arena has fast established itself as one of London’s most exciting and versatile events venue. In 2015, the Copper Box Arena won the accolade for New Event Space at the national Event Awards and has also been shortlisted for the 2016 London Venue Awards for Best Sporting Venue for Events.
Tony Wallace, Regional Director for GLL, with responsibility for overseeing the Copper Box Arena, said: “Since opening its doors to the public in 2013, I’ve seen the Copper Box Arena go from strength-to-strength. There is something happening everyday. Whether it’s a school’s sports day, international sporting tournament or high-end corporate product launch, it’s inspiring to see a former Olympic venue being so well utilised and highlights the fact that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy is alive and well.”
David Goldstone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “I am delighted that the Copper Box Arena is proving to be such a resounding success. In less than three years the Copper Box Arena has established itself at the heart of the local community. Its huge range of activities attracts not only local people but also elite athletes and a great range of top class events. This fantastic venue is delivering exactly what was planned for the London 2012 legacy.”