“The neighborhood’s little wonder.” » These are the terms of praise chosen by Pierre Rabadian, deputy in charge of sports at the Paris City Hall, to present the new Adidas Arena on Sunday, February 11. Inaugurated as part of the Betclic Elite match – France’s top basketball division – between Paris Basketball, the venue’s resident club, and Saint-Quentin, the 8,000-seat room won over the public. Beyond the victory of the Parisians (87-65), the fans in attendance prefer to remember their evening “An impressive room, a bit of American style that was missing in the north of Paris”summarizes Sabrina, who came to the meeting with her two sons.
Located in the Porte de la Chapelle area (18e Paris arrondissement), the arena is the only facility built in the capital for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It hosts Badminton (July 27 to August 5), Rhythmic Gymnastics (August 8 to 10), Para-Badminton (August 29 to September 2) and Para-Wrestling (September 4 to 8).
Together with the workers of Solideo, the company responsible for supplying the Olympic works, who appreciated their “work”, the socialist mayor of Paris, Anna Hidalgo, is delighted that the day will be celebrated. “The Beginning of the Magic of the Olympics”. The councilor sends a message to the townspeople: “Paris will be beautiful, don’t go [pendant les Jeux], that would be stupid! » The owner of the venue, Paris City Hall, will hand over the keys to the complex to the Games Organizing Committee in early May.
Ecology at the center of the project
Also, in the afternoon in front of the journalists, the Minister of Sports and Olympic and Paralympic Games Amelie Odea-Castera will also welcome “great work” Ჯanmo “Perfect for wake-up games”. Rainwater recovery, 100% recycled plastic seats and 6300 m.2 Green roof: the room is presented as a model of ecology.
Unable to be seen by the general public, the real feature of the show is located in the basement of the annex. A cold production plant allows room cooling. This system, which should also be used to heat the houses in the neighborhood, intrigues many European builders. Many of them followed organized visits during the day. “We must admit that what we see today is beyond our expectations, Mr. Rabadan believes. We had seen the plans, followed the construction site, but it is precious. »
Source: Le Monde
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