Venue Guide: North Greenwich Arena

Artistic gymnastics, trampoline and basketball competitions will take place at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Games. The venue is more commonly known as the O2 Arena.

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North Greenwich Arena, a London 2012 venue

This iconic venue is situated on the banks of the River Thames in the Greenwich peninsula, and over recent years it has staged numerous big name sports and show business events.

More commonly known as The O2 Arena after its main sponsor - but renamed for the Games because of the International Olympic Committee’s sponsorship regulations - the venue began its existence as the Millennium Experience in 2000 and was then widely referred to as the Millennium Dome.

It was then redeveloped and transformed into an entertainment complex, opening in 2007 as the second largest indoor arena in the UK. Within a year it had earned a reputation as the world's busiest music venue, with more than two million tickets sold for concerts by UK and international performers.

In 2011 the venue hosted the Brit Awards for the first time, but it is not just a music complex. The arena is also beginning to develop a strong sporting heritage, which will be enhanced by the visit of the London 2012 games.

The arena has staged the ATP Tour Finals season-ending tennis tournament since 2009, as well as NHL ice hockey and NBA basketball games, the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, mixed martial arts, professional boxing and wrestling events.

For the London 2012 games North Greenwich Arena will play host to Gymnastics, as well as some matches in the Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball tournaments.

Converting the venue to host those Olympic events will be relatively straightforward given the quality of the facilities already in place. Specified London 2012 branding will be installed, as will tents, stands and further equipment, with the 20,000 capacity arena then reverting to its usual functionality once the Games conclude.

Capacity: 16,500-20,000

Public facilities: North Greenwich Arena is a world renowned entertainment destination featuring a vast multi-use indoor arena, a multi-screen cinema, bars, restaurants and much more. For the Games there are also food and drink stands, toilets and baby changing facilities, the Games Mobility service, the London 2012 Shop, a London 2012 information point for venue and sports information, transport updates, lost and found services, pushchair and wheelchair storage and more.

History: Originally built to host London’s Millennium celebrations it was first completed in 1999 and then mainly served as an exhibition centre, before being converted into one of the largest indoor arenas in Europe in 2007.

What’s on?: Artistic gymnastics (July 28-August 7), trampoline (August 3-4), basketball (August 8-12).

How do you get there?: London Underground provides the most convenient transport to the venue, as the Jubilee line's North Greenwich station is adjacent to the arena. However, it can also be accessed by bus, with Transport for London having various routes and stops in the area, and boat, since the arena is situated on the Greenwich peninsular and is one of the stops on an express River Thames service from central London.

Find it on the map: here.

Location – in relation to other venues: The North Greenwich Arena is less than 5km south of the main Olympic Park site, sitting on the other side of the River Thames on the south bank of the river in the Greenwich peninsular.

Location – on the tube: Jubilee line - North Greenwich station

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