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Friday, May 13, 2011
Photos: London handball arena completed


The handball arena became the third venue completed for the 2012 London Olympics on Thursday.

Construction of the 6,500-capacity building, which began in July 2009, kept sustainability as a priority. The field can be naturally lit through 88 rooftop sun-pipes, and rain water will be harvested in a system that feeds into toilets and other non-potable systems.

The venue will host men's and women's preliminary stages and the women's quarterfinals for the handball competition, the fencing discipline of the Modern Pentathlon and goalball during the Paralympics.

After the Games, the arena capacity will be increased to 7,500 spectators as it becomes a multi-use venue for community use, athletic training and events.

The first handball match is played on the new court to mark the completion of the London 2012 Handball Arena.
"That this great venue has been completed on time and within budget is testament to the hard work, expertise and skills of the Olympic Park workforce. We are on track to stage a fantastic Olympic [Games]," Prime Minister David Cameron said.