For the first time ever the Badminton World Federation Grand Prix Gold will be held on English soil. From October 1 – 6, 2013, the London Badminton Grand Prix will be part of the Badminton World Federations and will be held at the Copper Box venue in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Copper Box hosted the Olympic handball competition during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The six-day event will showcase a total of 243 matches and give badminton fans the chance to see the world’s best players compete in speed, strength and agility. The competition will also give the fans that missed out on the Olympic tickets another chance to experience an iconic London Olympic venue whilst enjoying a world-class sporting competition.
The Copper Box underwent conversion work after the Olympics enabling it to become a multi-use venue. The four outer walls of the venue are covered in recycled copper, which will change colour as the building ages. The 7,000 capacity arena will now be used for a number of sports, such as wheelchair rugby, boxing, martial arts and volleyball. The arena will help serve the community, as was promised before the Olympic Park was built. In fact the Copper Box is a fine example of the continuing legacy of the London Olympic Games.
With its edgy and avant-garde design, the London Grand Prix Gold 2013 at the Copper Box Arena will not be what you expect from a typical badminton competition. High speed and agility is at the heart of this compelling sport and this state-of-the-art arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park certainly promises to give such a high profile tournament in worldwide badminton the justice it deserves.
The Olympic Park officially opened to the public in July 2013 and the newly refurbished Copper Box has hosted smaller events before the well-publicised international Badminton Grand Prix will take place.
Tickets for what promises to be an electrifying and certainly landmark event cost between £22 and £33. Don’t worry if you don’t manage to get one for this year’s event, as a deal has been made for London and the Copper Box to host the Grand Prix badminton tournament for the next five years.
Visit the London Grand Prix Gold website for more information, tickets and availability.