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Wembley Arena doesn’t measure up

Wembley Arena at night
Wembley Arena at night

Wembley Arena doesn’t measure up when it comes to the 2012 Olympic Basketball games, as the changing rooms are too small to accommodate the players.

Organisers of the games want to save more than £90m by staging the event at the north west London building, rather than build a new complex in the Olympic Park.


“Believe it or not, the latest problem is that the changing rooms are too low,” says the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. “They are 6ft 6in and some basketball players are well over 7ft. We would have to dig a hole.

When Wembley was last used as a games venue, the neighbouring stadium had a dog track. Historians of the area will tell you that was in 1948.

But sixty years have passed since then and now the UK is in recession. As a result, the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics are under pressure to make sure it’s cost effective and meet its budget, which includes making use of existing facilities.


Kate Hoey, a former Labour sports minister who is now an advisor to Boris Johnson, says a balance is need between austerity and opulence.

“This is an opportunity for us to have a proper Olympics that goes back to the original ideals, where it’s actually about sport and not just about money and marketing,” she said.

Some tall basketball players include:

In the world of football, the tallest is Peter Crouch, the 6ft 7in Portsmouth and England striker. But fellow football star and Arsenal winger Theo Walcott would have no issues as at 5ft 8ins which gives him plenty of headroom at the arena.

So it seems likely that Badminton, along with boxing, will be coming to Wembley – although a final decision has yet to be made.

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