Plans for a £100m indoor arena and convention centre in Bristol have been revealed. The Ashton Gate Sports and Convention Centre will be attached to Bristol City’s football stadium, providing a permanent home for the Bristol Flyers basketball team, who currently play at SGS College in Filton.
Developer Ashton Gate Ltd has published proposals for a 4,000-capacity venue alongside new housing, offices, two hotels and multi-storey car park. The venue will also be used to host other sporting events such as boxing and badminton, and as a conference facility to put on exhibitions and conventions.
A pre-planning application will be made to Bristol City Council following a public consultation. Earlier this month, Bristol City Council scrapped a separate £123m plan to build a 12,000-seat entertainment arena in the city centre in favour of a mixed-use development.
Ashton Gate chairman, Martin Griffiths said that work on the sports and convention centre could start in 2020 with the aim of opening in 2022. The venue would be the largest indoor arena in the city, double the size of Colston Hall which has a capacity of just under 2,000.
Ashton Gate chairman, Martin Griffiths, said: “It has been more than two years in the planning to ensure that phase two of Ashton Gate’s redevelopment into a city quarter focused on sport and entertainment was indeed viable, sustainable and most importantly achievable.
“Following the successful transformation of Ashton Gate stadium, it was always the aspiration to develop it further to give our basketball team, the Flyers, a permanent and secure playing home.”
Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas said: “This is a tremendous moment for Flyers basketball and one which will secure our long-term future.
“Last season’s sell-out crowds at SGS College have shown us that there is a real appetite for basketball in Bristol and it is wonderful that we can now look forward to playing in a brand new venue in the next few years, which will support our long-term ambitions for domestic and European success.”