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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 Dogsmarker in East Londonmarker, Englandmarker. 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 Hamletsmarker). Docklands Arena also hosted pop concerts, plays, boxing matches and wrestling events. In 1991, Docklands Arena hosted the Great British Beer Festival. It was briefly re-located to the Isle of Dogs, whilst construction of the new Stadium took place.

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 It was superseded as the main arena in East London by The O2 arenamarker, which is in The O2 entertainment complex (formerly the Millennium Domemarker). In December 2005, it housed the annual 'Crisis Open Christmas' event (held the previous year in the Dome), organised by the London-based charity Crisis. This provides food, accommodation, various medical and social services and company to around 1,500 guests and 3,500 volunteers each Christmas.The London Arena was demolished in June 2006 and is set to be replaced by a mainly residential development.

London Arena was served by the Crossharbour and London Arena DLR stationmarker, which has since been renamed to simply Crossharbour in 2007.

Wrestling Events

The Arena also played host to many WWF events, now known as WWE including the European Rampage Tour in 1989, 1991 and in 1998 UK exclusive PPV Capital Carnage. In the year 2000, the arena hosted WCW house shows as well as an episode of WCW Monday Nitro which was broadcast on Tape Delay in the United Statesmarker and on Bravo in the UK.The first ever band to play at the London Arena were Duran Duran.

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