Riverbank Arena

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The Riverbank Arena was a temporary venue designed by Populous architects who were responsible for several of the London 2012 venues, including the Olympic Stadium.


It consisted of one main 15,000 seat competition arena and a warm-up pitch which had seating for 5,000 installed between games to allow it to be used for competition during the Paralympics.


It hosted the Olympic hockey and Paralympic football events, so it was active for the entire duration of the games, more so than any other venues within the complex.


Populous rendered the playing field in blue, the first time this had been done in Olympic history, with the surrounding run-off areas depicted in the official London 2012 pink to maintain a consistency with the games-wide ‘look’.