Our hockey venue improves once again with new stand

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Members of the Great Britain men’s and women’s hockey squad took time out to help unveil a new stand at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The south stand, which opened in time for the recent Hockey Champions Trophy, increases the capacity of the main arena to 4,000 and includes space for wheelchair users and their carers. A new permanent entrance was also added to the south stand to enable spectators to access their seats more easily.  

The seating in the new south stand was used for the Germany v India match, the first of the tournament, and was part of wider improvements to the venue following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These include a new large pitch side screen, flag poles and press tribunes, funded jointly by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, England Hockey and Sport England and totalling £680,000 to date.

Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said: “Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre is a world class venue that last year attracted around 110,000 visitors who played the two sports or were spectators who enjoyed the many events that take place here.

“The venue has benefited from development works that enhance the visitor experience and make events like the Hockey Champions Trophy that much more enjoyable. By working with England Hockey and Sport England, we ensure that the improvements are what hockey players and fans would expect from a major sports venue.“

Sally Munday, Chief Executive of England Hockey said, “Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre was already a world class legacy venue, and the addition of a new permanent stand enhances even further the offering to our hockey fans on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. To have the stand in operation and packed with supporters during the Hockey Champions Trophy was a sight to behold and another great step forward for both our sport and the venue itself.

“Hosting major events is a key part of our strategy to grow the sport and we are exceptionally fortunate to have the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre as our nation’s world class venue.”

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Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre