England v NZ: Venue changed after damage to Copper Box floor

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Workmen repair the floor of the Copper Box Arena

England's netball team must face Tri-Series opponents New Zealand behind closed doors at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre following "significant damage" to the Copper Box Arena.

The arena floor was rendered unplayable following a fitness exhibition.

Four games due to be staged at the venue over the next two days have either been cancelled or switched.

England Netball are expected to pay out refunds totalling £50,000 to Copper Box Arena ticket-holders.

"There were holes on the floor. The damage was assessed by [The Copper Box Arena management company] Greenwich Leisure and they decided that the floor was unsuitable for netball," Joanne Adams, England Netball's Marketing and Commercial Director said.

"Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate ticket-holders at Crystal Palace because there isn't seating."

England, ranked third in the world, won their first game on Saturday, beating Jamaica 46-38 at Wembley Arena.

New Zealand, second in the world rankings, beat Jamaica, rated fourth, 52-46 in Friday's opening match.

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