Water Polo Arena In Pictures

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Water Polo Arena
Under construction
From the air
Olympic Water Polo
The venue
The venue
From an aerial perspective


Shaped like a giant wedge of cheddar cheese, the 6,000-capacity Water Polo Arena is one of the temporary venues inside the Olympic Park and is located next door to the Aquatics Centre by the main entrance at Stratford.

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The venue

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Water Polo Arena

Water Polo Arena

The venue, with its distinctive silver wrap and inflatable ribbed roof made from recyclable plastic, contains a 37m-long competition pool and a slightly smaller warm-up pool. Multi-coloured lights in the roof can give the venue a variety of night-time glows.


Under construction

Under construction

Under construction


Work started on the Arena in spring 2011 and was completed in May 2012. The sloping design of the 5,000 capacity arena was proposed by the architects and will slope upwards from 6m to 25m, ensuring that the referee's raised table will not obscure the view of the spectators.


From an aerial perspective

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From the air

From the air

Specialising in aerial photography since 1991, Jason Hawkes has produced over 40 aerial photographic books for the likes of the BBC, Random House and Harper Collins. Taking to the sky in a helicopter, he snapped these impressive photos of the Water Polo Arena.


Sporting events

Olympic Water Polo

Olympic Water Polo


The Water Polo Arena will host the men's and women's Water Polo events during the Games and once they are finished, the Arena will be taken down with elements expected to be reused or relocated elsewhere in the UK.

Olympic Water Polo

29th July - 12th August



Westfield Stratford Centre

Westfield Stratford Centre


The Water Polo Arena is located within the Olympic Park, Stratford. Even though the park isn't located within central London, there are numerous shops, restaurants and entertainment venues nearby:

Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre

  • 10 minute walk
  • This 1.9 million square foot shopping mall has been billed as the 'gateway' to London's Olympic Park. With 300 high street shops, 50 or so restaurants, a 14-screen cinema, a bowling alley and the UK's largest casino, it's an impressive entertainment venue that's located just minutes away from the Olympic Park.

 Forman's Fish Island  

  • 7 minute walk
  • Best of British menu devised by Lloyd Hardwick
  • Bethnal Green - 2 tube stops from Stratford, via the Central line
  • Minimalist warehouse chic restaurant with a great brunch menu
King Eddie's  
  • 20 minute walk
  • An east-end style gastropub with a traditional and affordable menu

 The Britannia  

  • 24 minute walk
  • Large pub garden, jukebox and laidback atmosphere
Pub on the Park  
  • London Fields station - 1 stop from Stratford, via National Rail
  • Large garden and extensive beer menu, with traditional bitters and run-of-the-mill lagers 

 Roman Road Market  

  • Mile End Tube - 1 stop from Stratford, via London Overground
  • Situated on the oldest known trade route in Britain, this market offers crafts, antiques, food, clothing and more

 Hackney PictureHouse  

  • Hackney Central - 1 stop from Stratford, via London Overground
  • Seven-screen cinema with three bars - including Hackney Attic which hosts music and comedy evenings
Theatre Royal Stratford East  
  • 18 minute walk
  • 450-seat theatre that showcases new writing and ethnically diverse plays

 The Greenway  

  • 7 minute walk
  • A flat, almost continuous and straight traffic-free walking and cycling route that carves through East London at a high level  
All Star Lanes  
  • 10 minute walk
  • Bowling alley located within Westfield Stratford Centre
Victoria Park  
  • Mile End Tube - 1 stop from Stratford, via the Central Line
  • The city's first public park boasts picturesque lakes and an Old English Garden  




There are numerous options when travelling to the Water Polo Arena. Driving is not advised due to high levels of traffic and restricted parking - limited, pre-booked parking will be available for disabled spectators. Public transport options include:

Javelin Train

Delivering passengers from St Pancras to Stratford International in just seven minutes, the Olympic Javelin high-speed train shuttle service will take up to an estimated 25,000 travellers per hour.

Overground Stations

National Rail, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground will run trains to the following stations:

London Underground

  • Stratford - Jubilee and Central Lines
  • West Ham - District, Hammersmith & City, and Jubilee Lines
Walking and Cycling

Greenway walking and cycling routes will connect the Olympic Park with numerous locations - including Victoria Path, Lee Valley North and Epping Forest. The walking routes are step free and there will be free cycle parking provided at the Eton Manor Transport Hub, Greenway Transport Hub and Victoria Park.







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