Sports Editor Veronique Ivory- Johnson gives a run-down of some of the best sport the East End has to offer
East London has a notoriously vibrant, loyal and exciting sporting reputation. Whether you’re new to the area or not, you may not be aware of all the sports on offer to you. Ranging from football to basketball to boxing and dog tracks, the east end of London will almost certainly have something to suit you.
Brisbane Road Stadium – Home to league one, east end football club Leyton Orient. Holding a rather small capacity of 9271, this old-school club are well known for their passionate fans, known as the O’s, and offer a real east-end day out. With tickets being reasonably priced you can enjoy league football for half the price of the Premier League. The next match is Leyton Orient Vs Swindon on October 4th, tickets for students start at £14.
Copper box – The Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has rapidly become the place to watch sport in London. Housing up to 7,500 spectators, the stadium is home to the London Lions basketball team, London Handball Club and Leyton Netball club. The next match is the London Lions Vs Bristol Flyers on the 3rd October £14.50 – go along and support the Lions on their home turf!
York Hall – Located in Bethnal Green, only a 20 minute walk from campus, York Hall facilitates boxing matches throughout the calendar year. Although somewhat pricey at £37 a ticket for most events, it’s hard to dispute the calibre of entertainment and experience on offer. As Britain’s most well-known boxing venue and the sixth best in the world it holds a capacity of 1,200 and draws in sell-out crowds for every event. The next big night is on Saturday 11th of October for a night of Championship Professional Boxing.
Lee Valley Hockey Centre – Located at the Olympic Park, this hockey centre will be hosting both the EuroHockey championships in 2015 and the Women’s World Cup in 2018. This Hockey centre is a really exciting and accessible new venue, with a fantastic capacity of 25,000. Tickets are now on sale for the EuroHockey championships which start on the 21st of August 2015, tickets range from £12.50- 27.50.
Romford Greyhound Stadium – Slightly further out of the centre, this is the only remaining greyhound track in East London, since the closure of Walthamstow Stadium in 2008. Located in Romford, this award winning track holds five race meetings per week costing £4 per entry, with the first race on Monday being free. This exciting and unpredictable event will cast off any preconceptions of the sport and simply offers a great night out.
O2 Arena – Technically south of the river, this south east venue is a London
landmark. Hosting a variety of events throughout the year, one stand out sporting event is the ATP World Finals. From the 9th-16th October the top eight tennis players in the world battle it out for the last title of the season. Watched by an audience of 261,247 over the eight day contest last year and with prices ranging from £10-£64, this really is the hottest ticket in town.
London Aquatics Centre – Opened in time for the Olympics, this breath-taking swimming pool/diving centre really is the jewel in the crown of the Olympic Park. Not only is it now open to the public, but it’s still host to a wide variety of competitions. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events!