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

Copper Box
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 Netballexternal-link 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.