Fans heartbroken after international England game at Olympic Park cancelled

The Copper Box arena where London 2012 Olympics Basketball was staged

The Copper Box arena where London 2012 Olympics Basketball was staged - Credit: ODA 2008

Fans were left heartbroken after an international netball match at a London Olympic venue had to be rescheduled after the arena floor was deemed unplayable.

The England team - ranked second in the world - was due to play New Zealand in the International Netball Tri-Series match at the former London 2012 venue The Copper Box arena yesterday evening.

However Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL), who operate the venue, decided that the floor was not suitable to be played on the day of the match.

In a statement, England Football said: “GLL has judged that there has been significant damage inflicted to the floor which is now not of the sufficient quality to facilitate and host an international netball event.”

The match has been rescheduled to take place at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace. This means that fans will now no longer be able to attend the game.


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All four games due to be staged at the venue yesterday and today were cancelled or switched.

England Netball have offered a refund all those who purchased tickets.

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The 7,500 seater Copper Box arena staged basketball, handball, modern pentathlon fencing and paralympic goalball during the Olympics.

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