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The brand new Leicester Community Sports Arena is set to open its doors for the first time on January 30.

Whilst the new GBP£4.5m state-of-the-art arena will be the new home of the Leicester Riders basketball club, anchor tenants for the arena, and used by the Leicester Cobras wheelchair basketball team, it will also be open to the general public and Leicester College as a multi-use facility. All providing funding, along with Sport England and the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

On completion, in just over a week’s time, the Arena will become the new home to the Leicester Riders and Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Teams. In addition, the facility will be recognised as a regional basketball centre of excellence and serve as a large multiuse sports venue for the College and the local community.

Charter Street is formerly part of a gas works, as well as having a variety of industrial uses during it’s nearly 200 years of industrial heritage, and as a result the ground was contaminated. Therefore, before the Arena construction commenced, a remediation strategy was agreed with the Environment Agency and the City Council, and decontamination works then completed in January 2015.

Arena construction began in earnest then in April 2015, once the contractor – B&E Boys of Rossendale, Lancashire – had been chosen following a competitive tendering process.

Kevin Routledge, a Director of Leicester Community Sports Arena Limited, said:

We are delighted with the progress of the project, which is a testament to many contributors and contractors. Working on brown field sites poses unique challenges but we have managed to work through the remediation, and the construction has gone very smoothly.

I am delighted with the support we received on the legal side from EHL, who worked extremely well with the legal team in the Council and Sport England. The site has a complex ownership history and the EHL team support was critical to addressing these points to the satisfaction of everyone.


About the Leicester Community Sports Arena

The Arena project has three partners, Leicester Riders, Leicester College, and Leicester City Council (LCC). All are providing funding, along with Sport England and the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

LCC owns the site at Charter Street and will provide a long term lease of the site (125 years) to a new company, Leicester Community Sports Arena Limited (LCSAL), owned by the Rider’s charity (Leicester Riders Foundation), with the company paying a commercial rent for the site. The Arena project is being designed to allow the potential for the development of future additional facilities on site.

The Charter Street site was selected by the City Council following a detailed site selection process, which involved 10 possible locations around the city, and involved all relevant stakeholders, over the period from September to December 2013. It is noted the location is on a route of Connecting Leicester (to Abbey Park).

The £4.5m Project also includes remediation of the previously contaminated site and the provision of car parking and landscaping.

The Arena project build was led by the Riders through LCSAL, with an agreed management and governance structure with the Council and Leicester College.

The Arena will be operated on a not-for-profit basis with all surpluses re-invested either in the Arena or in sports community outreach activities in deprived local communities, as are already being delivered by the Riders through the Leicester Riders Foundation.

The Arena Business Plan leverages the very large community development programmes of Leicester Riders. The Arena will deliver highly structured community sports participation opportunities for the community.


houston university basketball arena

The renovation of the Houston Basketball arena has had a budget up to $60 million approved by the University of Houston’s regents. Design work is scheduled to begin in March 2016 with construction starting one year later. 

Vice President for Athletics Hunter Yurachek said.

We look forward to starting the design process in the next few months and creating a facility that will provide the highest level of amenities to our fans and a significant home-court advantage for our Men’s and Women’s Basketball student-athletes.

The renovated facility, probably with reduced capacity to 7,420 (from 8,479) is expected to be ready for game competition for the beginning of the 2018-19 season.

There will be more than 2,000 premium seats – 1,750 club seats, 20 loge boxes with four seats in each, two open-air suites with 32 seats per unit and 90 courtside seats.

The arena’s concourse level will be expanded to improve circulation with significant upgrades to the sound system, video board and arena seating.

Mayor Rahm Emanual joined CEO Lori Healey and Chairman Jack Greenberg of Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, DePaul University President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, and Alderman Pat Dowell to break ground for the McCormick Place Event Center in Chicago. Senior Principal Fred Clarke, FAIA and Principal Mitch Hirsch, AIA participated in the event.

As a key component of the McCormick Place Entertainment District, Pelli Clarke Pelli’s new 300,000 square foot Event Center will host entertainment, large-scale conventions and trade shows, and be the new home for DePaul’s Blue Demons basketball games. It will be a world-class catalyst in the Mayor’s initiative to promote tourism and economic development.

“We are excited to break ground on this important project with DePaul University,” said CEO Lori Healey. “The Event Center will be a beautiful addition to Cermak Road with its contemporary architectural design.”

Located at the boundary of the city’s Prairie District, a pedestrian-scaled neighborhood and McCormick Place’s existing campus, PCPA’s design recalls grand gathering spaces of Chicago, exemplified by Adler and Sullivan’s Auditorium Theater and the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom.It occupies a full block with landscaped setbacks on the corner of Cermak and Indiana Streets and provides a spacious plaza for spectators to congregate before and after events. An arching roof with individual dramatic rising arcs establishes an instantly recognizable image in both the neighborhood and the city, especially when lit in the evening.

With lightweight glass walls, the fully transparent main entrance creates an architecture of experience: the energy and excitement of the arena is palpable outside on the street and inside the main concourse.

Designer appointed for DePaul University basketball arena in Chicago

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The board of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) has appointed Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects to design the new 10,000-seat arena for the DePaul University basketball team at McCormick Place. The authority will own the multi-use arena and DePaul will be a tenant.

The $173 million arena will host general sessions for large conventions and trade shows and DePaul University basketball. The design calls for spaces for restaurants, coffeehouses and retail shops along its perimeter. The bowl is below ground, as are many back of house functions. A bridge will connect the arena, with its 22 skyboxes, to the convention centre.

Opening is planned for late 2016 to tie in with other plans for the McCormick Place entertainment district. The convention authority and DePaul will each provide $70 million for construction, and the city is expected to provide about $33 million for land acquisition.

Fred Clarke, Senior Principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects said:

We have designed a light, luminous event centre that we hope will be a good neighbour and a dynamic expression of the events that it will house. Its gently arching roof, visible from surrounding buildings and streets, will tie architecture to the image of DePaul basketball and McCormick Place events.

MPEA CEO Jim Reilly said:

The dynamic yet elegant design created by Pelli Clarke Pelli for the event centre fits perfectly into the fabric of the community. The firm’s innovative design provides a functional and flexible space that will make the event centre a wonderful complement to the convention centre. The quality and distinction of this design will support our goal of attracting new business and serve as a catalyst to further enhance the economic vitality of the South Loop.

The MPEA Board’s decision followed a two-phase Request for Proposals (RFP) process that sought “professionally respected and admired design architects” known for “striking, imaginative and innovative buildings” that “generate public enthusiasm and become major urban attractions.” MPEA asked that the facility be “sensitive and accommodating” to the surrounding neighbourhood. A nine-member evaluation committee oversaw the process, with three representatives each from MPEA, the City of Chicago and DePaul.

Five other architects competed for the project, worth $7.2 million: John Ronan Architects; Krueck + Sexton Architects; Ross Barney Architects; Grimshaw Architects; OMA/AMO Architecture.

Kharkiv Arena construction begins with ceremony

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The team building Kharkiv Arena held a solemn ceremony and placed a symbolic capsule this week to mark the beginning of full-scale construction. The arena will complete to FIBA standards in December 2014 and help Ukraine host Eurobasket 2015.

The arena will be able to host basketball, handball, volleyball, hockey competitions, and martial arts – about 100 sports in total. It is also capable of hosting an ice rink. Maximum capacity of the complex is 7,086 people.

The ceremony was attended by the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Vilkul, the Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Administration Mykhailo Dobkin, the Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council Sergiy Chernov, the mayor of Kharkiv city Genadiy Kernes and the Chairman of Supervisory Board for VETEK GC Sergiy Kurchenko, who said:

I am sure the Kharkiv Arena is to become a centre of gravity not only for city residents, but the entire country. Technical facilities make it possible to use it as a venue for various sports, concert, exhibition, and other events. It is especially important to note that the complex is designed with regard to the needs of disabled people.

East European Fuel-Energy Company GC is a general investor of UAH 350 million.

New Orleans Arena lights up ahead of All-Star hosting

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US arenas hosting pro sport are gearing up for next year. New Orleans Arena has installed a 360-degree LED video/ribbon display approximately 924 feet long by 1.6 feet high in the centre area between the seating levels. The arena will host the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend. Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha, said:

When fans come to a Pelicans game, we want them to have a unique, exciting experience. Panasonic’s custom plan for the New Orleans Arena will enhance fan engagement and make coming to Pelicans games even more enjoyable and interactive for fans.

Richard Ballard, Vice President of Sales for Panasonic Eco Solutions North America (the supplier) said:

To integrate the new system components into the existing legacy control system, Panasonic had custom-sized top-service cabinets manufactured – just another way we provide solutions to meet the needs of our customers.

The programming will include local and national sponsor messages, audience participation features and game highlights. The system will be installed by a local contractor, Citadel Builders, L.L.C., the general contractor for the project. By integrating the display with the legacy control system, the LED boards can be synchronised with the existing displays in the arena for a richer fan experience.

The New Orleans Arena, completed in 1999 at a cost of $114 million, offers up to 19,000 seats for events. The arena is the home to the New Orleans Pelicans, the city’s NBA basketball team. In addition to sporting events, the arena is also a popular venue for concerts, trade shows and conventions.

Rupp Arena appoints renovation architect

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The Lexington Center Corporation Board of Directors has unveiled a renovation plan for Rupp Arena that will separate the 37-year-old home of Kentucky men’s basketball from the adjoining convention center, which will be expanded.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said:

It needs to be a state-of-the-art facility.

NBBJ has got the design job  and Hunt Construction Group the construction. The renovation is expected to take place between fall 2014 and fall 2016.

The 23,500-seat capacity will be retained, chair-back seats installed throughout and concourses expanded. There will be a new scoreboard – picture courtesy of NBBJ.

Sacramento arena has downtown advantage

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The City of Sacramento is moving forward with an environmental review and working with the owner of the Sacramento Kings team on plans for a new entertainment and sports centre (ESC). Proposed construction will begin in 2014 for an opening in October 2016.

The tale of Sacramento’s on-off arena project has taken too many twists and turns for a Digest new story. PanStadia & Arena Management magazine’s Facility Watch has followed the project. Despite earlier attempts grinding to a halt, the NBA decided in favour of the basketball franchise staying in Sacramento under new ownership, which has revived the arena project and the city is back to where it was when the previous owner requested a new publicly funded arena.

The big difference this time around is the proposed location, Downtown Plaza in the heart of the city, not a railyard or expo site. The city’s contribution to an overall $450 million project is put at $258 million (and up). The debate in the city is back on, between opponents of the subsidy and proponents who cite 2,000-6,500 jobs and downtown revitalisation through retail and residential developments alongside the arena.

Sacramento's proposed arena is part of a downtown redevelopment.

Sacramento’s proposed arena is part of a downtown redevelopment.

Warriors SF waterfront arena design update

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The Warriors NBA team has unveiled new detailed designs for the proposed San Francisco waterfront arena and nearby development. Public hearings in the coming weeks may determine if the arena gets built in the waterfront location or not.

Craig Dykers of architect Snøhetta, which was selected along with AECOM to design the project, said the new plans include a walkway that encircles the pier, more open space on the raised area surrounding the arena, and pedestrian access that continues up the arena itself with a ramp that wraps around the facility.

The design also now incorporates some very large areas of transparent glass that give views out toward the waterfront.

Warriors' arena design features views of San Francisco's waterfront.

Warriors’ arena design features views of San Francisco’s waterfront.

Worcester Arena ready for netball grand final

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The grand final of netball’s Superleague is due to be hosted at the University of Worcester Arena on 25 May following the successful completion of construction work. The University of Worcester is the home of the Worcester Wolves Basketball Club. It was one of only six national projects to receive funding from Sport England’s Iconic Facilities Olympic legacy fund, with a grant of £1.5m.


Worcester Arena

Worcester Arena

The arena will become a national centre of excellence for disability sport, designed to be fully inclusive and building on the work of the University across a host of disability sports, including wheelchair basketball and blind football.

The 5,300m2 Arena, which is built on the site of the former fruit and vegetable market in Hylton Road, Worcester, is capable of hosting major indoor sports events, with retractable seating provided for 2,000 people and excellent television infrastructure.

Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said:

Many people have worked really hard to help to make this happen and we are thrilled with the outcome and are genuinely excited about the sporting opportunities we will be creating for so many sporting generations in the future. The Arena will really help to put Worcester on the map as a sporting city and attract some great events to the region.