Monthly Archives March 2015

Derby Arena: Special events planned for opening

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Derby Arena from outside

Derby City Council said the arena would help put Derby on the map

Derby Arena is to hold a series of special events after it opens to the public in March, council bosses said.

The £28m venue, built to host high-level cycling events, as well as other sports, including basketball, will officially open on 20 March.

The 5,000-seat arena will also double as a concert venue and feature a 12-court sports hall.

A council spokeswoman said a 30-day showcase would “unwrap” the arena to the public.

Councillor Alison Martin, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “We’re offering a brilliant opportunity to see the arena in all its glory, try first-hand what it has to offer.”

Demonstrations of the facilities will take place during the 30-day period.

The arena, which was originally due to open in...

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Delayed Derby Arena velodrome opens for business

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Margaret Beckett said the facility will benefit the city

A multimillion-pound velodrome has opened its doors to the public three months later than originally planned.

Work on the 5,000-seat Derby Arena – one of only five such venues in the UK – began in April 2013.

It boasts a 250m cycle track, 12-court sports hall, a gym, group exercise space and a cafe.

The arena was due to open in December, but Derby City Council put the delays on the “complex project” down to “getting things right”.

As well as cycling, the £31m venue will host sports including basketball and double as a concert venue.

It was opened by Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most decorated female paralympian, and Derby MP Margaret Beckett, on Thursday night.

Team Sky Boss Sir Dave Brailsford, who lives in Derbyshire, called it a ...

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