Beijing's famed Water Cube is now a massive water park opened to the public. Athens' beach volleyball complex was recently populated by gypsies. The Lake Placid athlete's village is a correctional facility.
During the Olympics, viewers across the world inevitably wonder, "What happens to these sparkling facilities once the Games leave town?" London won't have to worry about that question in regards to its 2012 basketball arena.
The structure, completed last week, is a temporary venue that will be torn down once the Games are complete. Organizers boast that it's one of the largest ever constructed at an Olympics. The 12,000-seat arena will be torn down following the Paralympic Games next summer and its materials will be used in other projects across Europe.
It may look like a bubble, like the one that collapsed over the Metrodome or ones that cover swimming pools and tennis courts in the winter, but the venue is actually made of 1,000 tons of steel framing surrounded by 20,000 squareRead More »from Photos: London’s unusual basketball arena ready for Olympics