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Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park London - 6th May 2012 20:06

Riverbank Arena is the hockey stadium for the XXXth Olympiad - London 2012; it is situated in the Olympic Park in Stratford. When the Olympics kick off it will be the first time a non-green pitch will be used for Olympic hockey. The arena is a temporary structure but the pitches (there is a further practice court with no seating next door) will be relayed further north in the park for use after the games.

 

I had to tone down the vibrancy of the pitch colours in order to get a balanced image (pretty much the same could have been achieved in camera if I had a soft ND grad with me on the night); the squalid drizzle and cold gave way to a glorious sunset just after play had finished and so I dashed up to the top corner of the stadium to capture the scene.

 

Olympic Set | Large on Black | Hit L for Lightbox.

 

This is my first of three images from the Olympic Park taken during a London Prepares test event. I plan to get lots more images from the Olympic Park during "Games Time" thanks to winning a pair of tickets, securing a further three events, and getting an accreditation pass for the Park (work has some benefits after all)... needless to say I will probably be sick of it by the end of August! :)

 

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Taken on May 6, 2012