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Facts and figures about Derby Arena and Velodrome

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Derby Arena is expected to open in the next few months.Photo: ITV News Central/Darren Branston

As work nears completion on the £27m Derby Arena, & the region’s first indoor velodrome, here’s some facts and figures on the project.

The Arena’s indoor velodrome is one of only five in the UK along with: National Cycle Centre Manchester, Wales National Velodrome (Newport, South Wales), London Olympic Velodrome and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow.

The arena has seating for 1500 spectators when set up for full race mode
The arena has seating for 1500 spectators when set up for full race mode Credit: ITV News Central/Darren Branston

It’s also one of the UK’s first Olympic legacy projects to be carried out since London 2012.

Key facts about the construction

  • The futuristic building has a footprint of 14,500m2 or 156,000 sq ft
  • The structur...
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Derby Arena: Still no opening date, city council admits today

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THERE is still no confirmed opening date for the new £27.5 million Derby Arena, the city council has said this morning.

 The authority is maintaining that it will open early this year.

Work is, however, well underway for the University of Derby’s graduation ceremony next week which will be held in the centre of the track.

A council spokeswoman said that, ahead of opening, there was still work to be done on staff recruitment, training and cleaning.

The doors to Pride Park arena were thrown open to the media for the first time this morning.

A senior council officer also said that rock and pop acts and more comedy acts will be announced this year for the new arena.

Comedian Jimmy Carr has already been announced for July 10 and the city’s pantomime, Aladdin, will be held at ...

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Derby Arena to host city’s pantomime after 2014 show cancelled

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A Christmas pantomime, which was cancelled because of a venue fire, will be hosted in city’s new velodrome next year, the council has said.

Derby’s 2014 performance of Beauty and the Beast was cancelled after the Assembly Rooms closed in March.

Aladdin will be the first entertainment booking at Derby Arena, which is due to start hosting events next month.

A decision is due to be made on whether to refurbish or demolish the Assembly Rooms next year, the city council said.

Council officer Peter Ireson said Derby’s pantomime was the most popular event in the city, with 50,000 people coming to see it each year.

“We’ve got over a decade’s experience of producing fantastic pantomimes and I just know with that iconic new building we can do something really special for Derby,” he said.

The 5,000...

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Flagship Derby velodrome project threatens to become a white elephant – reader’s letter

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By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: December 18, 2014

Derby's velodrome – are councillors "spoiling the ship for a ha'porth of tar"? asks Chris Mills.

Derby’s velodrome – are councillors “spoiling the ship for a ha’porth of tar”? asks Chris Mills.

WHEN the city council’s highly paid consultants suggested a velodrome would meet Derby’s needs, there was much consternation.

How did they come up with that off-the-wall idea?

 Then came the wildlife protesters, and the outside track was dropped. The high-profile cycling venue for the people of Derby became a niche facility for the minority.

But we could still host world-class cycling events, which would draw big crowds. But there is very little permanent seating so, where would they all sit?

And then we’re told that the track isn’t up to world-class standards and will never be the place for the top cyclists to set world records.

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Dave Gretton, from Gedling, former chairman of Nottingham Track Cycling Association, is encouraged by new cycling facilities being built in the city.

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 The shiny new Derby Indoor Velodrome is to open in the new year, and this news nearly prompted me to start another rant about Nottingham’s continued neglect of cycling and lack of any facility since the surrender of the Harvey Hadden cycling track to the athletes back in 2003; when something prompted me to actually go and have a look at the current plans for the Harvey Hadden site.

When I arrived, and met old friend Perry the groundsman, it was amid frantic building works; and sure enough there was the sad sight of the old disused, desecrated and moss-covered cycle track, excavated for the athletes’ long-sought-after ‘Holy Grail’ of the mythical eighth running lane. But before I became too downhearted I was relieved, pleased even, to see the plan for the 1...

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Derby’s velodrome: Gethyn Davies, of Derby City Council, oversees construction of multi-use sports arena at Pride Park.

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Derby’s velodrome: Gethyn Davies, of Derby City Council, oversees construction of multi-use sports arena at Pride Park

Derby's velodrome: Gethyn Davies, of Derby City Council, oversees construction of multi-use sports arena at Pride Park

Gethyn Davies, projects manager at Derby City Council, tells us about overseeing the construction of the multi-use sports arena and velodrome on Pride Park.

MONDAY

My working days are split between the site and Council House.

The arena building is now 99% watertight and 64% complete. The holes in the side of the building that were used to bring in any large pieces of mechanical and electrical equipment are now being sealed up.

This morning I’m at the Council House. It has been in use for 12 months so it’s time to take stock of any defects that have become apparent.

It has been a successful project so there isn’t that much to do, just a bi...

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Derby’s velodrome ‘needs more seats

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Derby’s velodrome ‘needs more seats’

Artist's impression of Derby's new velodrome
Derby’s new 5,000-seat velodrome needs a larger capacity, a councillor says
Derby’s 5,000-seat velodrome needs a larger capacity to attract major events, some city councillors say.

Conservative councillor Matthew Holmes said the capacity of the multi-use venue, due to open in November, should be increased to 7,500 to attract performers like Robbie Williams.

“We should maybe be pushing it to see if we can increase the seating capacity a little bit,” he said.

Labour councillor Martin Repton said it was too late to change the capacity.

The velodrome, which can be used for racing, concerts and other events, is already under construction.

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Labour councillor John Whitby said: “I would prefer it if we could have a bit more capacity… perhaps anothe...

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Police appeal for help in tracing bike used by disabled children in Derby

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Police appeal for help in tracing bike used by disabled children in DerbyA Velo Plus tricycle with a ramp on the front to accommodate a wheelchair was stolen from a shed in Markeaton Park.

A SPECIALIST bike used by disabled youngsters in Derby is one of several police are appealing for help in finding.

The bike – a Velo Plus tricycle with a ramp on the front to accommodate a wheelchair – was stolen from a shed in Markeaton Park.

Several other bikes belonging to Cycle Derby were taken during the break-in, which happened overnight between January 29 and 30.

Some bikes were recovered from a property in Redshaw Street, Derby, but the Velo Plus and others – including two BMX Raptors and five Barracuda 700c bikes – are still outstanding.

The blue and silver Velo Plus is a distinct design with two wheels at the front, between which is a large metal plate bi...

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Derby’s new £27.5m velodrome is named ‘Derby Arena’ – but only in the short-term

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Derby’s new £27.5m velodrome is named ‘Derby Arena’ – but only in the short-term

DERBY’S £27.5 million multi-sports centre has been named the Derby Arena – but only for marketing purposes.

The city council has said that this will now be its name until a sponsor can be found.

The authority has now further clarified that the name “Derby Arena is being used for marketing purposes whilst the sponsorship strategy is being progressed, which will include the opportunity for naming rights to be considered by people”.

The centre, which people also know as the velodrome, is now just months away from completion, as these pictures show.

The futuristic 156,000 sq ft arena is being built next to Pride Park Stadium.

Once complete, it will include a national standard 250m indoor cycling track, a sport...

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