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London Olympics

Useless B'ball Arena on sale

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The distinctive outer shell of the London 2012 Olympics Basketball Arena is being put on the market because no use has been found for the temporary building so far, The Times newspaper reported Saturday.
Barr Construction, which built the arena, is seeking expressions of interest by March 31 for the steel and PVC-moulded structure that some compared to a mattress or a cake with icing on, thanks to its white, ripple-effect appearance.
There had been speculation that it could be shipped to Rio de Janeiro to be used there for the 2016 Games, or converted into a national tennis academy in Scotland.
However, the building is still without a future and is up for sale for 2.5 million pounds, The Times reported.
The Basketball Arena was one of the largest-ever temporary venues built for any Games, and came in within the 43 million pound budget.
The frame of 20 steel arches is wrapped in fabric to form the canvas for a lighting display.
The shell does not come with the 12,000-seat tiered venue inside.

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