Copper Box Arena wins bronze medal at Conference & Events Awards. GETTY IMAGES

The Copper Box Arena was awarded a bronze medal at the Conference & Events Awards as the most versatile venue in the category for venues with a capacity of more than 1,200 people, held at City Central at the HAC in London.

Managed by GLL, a not-for-profit social enterprise and worker-owned co-operative operating under the community brand Better, it is recognised as one of the most versatile venues in the UK.

Better manages over 250 public sports and leisure centres and 57 libraries in partnership with over 30 councils, public bodies and sports organisations.

With a maximum capacity of 7,500 seats, the Copper Box Arena is able to host a wide range of high profile events across a variety of media, including sport, e-sports, culture and entertainment.

Affectionately known as the 'Box that Rocks', it has established itself as the home of eSports in the UK and is also home to major sporting teams including the London Lions basketball team and the London Pulse netball team.

The Copper Box Arena has hosted prestigious esports tournaments such as Apex Legends ALGS, League of Legends MSI 2023, Clash Royale, Call of Duty and Rocket League events, attracting audiences from around the world.

It also hosted prestigious international events, conferences and product launches. These have included the Billie Jean King Cup (the premier team competition in women's tennis, held under various names since 1963, similar to the Davis Cup for men) and the launch of the Fiat 500.

It has also hosted major boxing events over the years with world class fighters such as Dereck Chisora, Joe Joyce and many others.

Daniel Le Grange, Head of National Events at GLL, said: "We are honoured to receive the bronze medal for Most Versatile Venue at the Conference & Events Awards. This award highlights the incredible efforts of our team and their success in organising such diverse and exceptional events".

"GLL prides itself on its extensive portfolio of national events, with prestigious venues such as Lee Valley VeloPark, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and many others," said Le Grange.

Edward Fane, Head of Venues at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, added: "This is a well-deserved result for the GLL team. The Copper Box Arena is going from strength to strength, providing excellent facilities for local people and hosting world-class events throughout the year. The venue is playing a key role in cementing the incredible legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Having signed a ten-year deal with partners London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the Copper Box Arena is set to host a host of high profile events including the Grand Final of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in December and Matchroom Boxing with Johnny Fisher vs. Alen Babic.