LONDON 2012: Work completed on Paralympic wheelchair tennis venue
LONDON 2012 organisers have announced their only dedicated Paralympic venue has been completed in time for tomorrow's 200 day to go celebrations.
COMPLETED: Eton Manor will stage wheelchair tennis events during London 2012 and be a training facility for Olympic swimmers (Locog via Getty Images)
The 10,500 capacity wheelchair tennis venue at Eton Park will see 112 athletes compete for golds in six events this summer while the venue will also provide temporary aquatic training facilities, including three Olympic-size swimming pools, a synchronised swimming pool and a water polo pool.
It has been built on the site of the old Eton Manor Sports Club, founded at the beginning of the 20th century, which had Olympians among its former members. Part of the running track used in the last London Olympic Games was transferred there after the 1948 Games.
Demolition of the disused sports hall began in December 2006 and it was the first building on the Olympic Park to be knocked down.
“With just 200 days to go to the Opening Ceremony on 29 August, we’re in great shape for what should be a spectacular summer of Paralympic sport," said London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.
"Wheelchair tennis has proved to be one of our most popular tickets, and the venue at Eton Manor will be a fantastic setting to showcase some truly world-class athletes.”
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