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The London Arena

The London Arena (also known as London Docklands Arena) was an indoor arena and exhibition centre on the Isle of Dogs in London, England. It first opened in 1989 and on November 18, the Arenaball Transatlantic Challenge was played there, an exhibition game between the Detroit Drive and the Chicago Bruisers, with the Drive winning 43-14.

The Arena had a £10 million refit in 1998. Seating capacity was up to 15,000, depending on the type of event held. It was the home of the London Knights ice hockey team, the London Towers basketball team and later the Greater London Leopards basketball team (from nearby Tower Hamlets).

It never managed to become a financial success, in part due to its fairly poor transport access, and in 2005 it closed. It was superseded as the main arena in East London by The O2 arena, which is in The O2 entertainment complex (formerly the Millennium Dome).

The London Arena was demolished in June 2006 and is set to be replaced by a mainly residential development.

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