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Venue guide: Copper Box

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Aerial view of the arena

Where is it?: Olympic Park, Stratford, East London.

How do you get there?: The building can be found on the west side of the Olympic Park, which can be accessed via rail, underground, Docklands Light Railway, bus or coach. National Rail, London Underground and DLR all serve Stratford station to the east of the park and West Ham station to the south, while Transport for London has bus stops in the area and there will be coach services to the park.

Capacity: 7,000.

What events will be held there and when?: Handball (July 28-August 7), modern pentathlon fencing (August 11-12).

Public facilities: A back-of-house area that includes catering.

History: Originally called the Handball Arena when it was opened last year, it was renamed the Copper Box — much to British Handball's dismay — because more than one sport is to be held there both during and after the Games, and because of its box-like exterior, which features 3,000 square metres of largely recycled copper cladding. Further 'green' aspects of the venue are its 88 light pipes, which attract sunlight into the interior and are expected to cut energy consumption by 40 percent, and rainwater from the roof to flush its toilets. Inside is a multi-coloured interior with retractable seating and two temporary warm-up courts. After the Games it will be the only permanent Olympic indoor arena to be retained, becoming a multi-sport leisure centre for use by the local community and for international competition. It will include a health and fitness club, changing facilities and a cafe.

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