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New plans unveiled for indoor sports arena by Ashton Gate

Bristol Sport want to build a 4,000 seater indoor sports arena next to Ashton Gate Stadium (Credit: Bristol Sport)

New plans have been revealed for an indoor sports arena next to Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol.

Initial plans for the site were first announced back in September 2018 but Bristol Sport, the group behind Bristol City Football Club, Bristol Bears rugby and the Bristol Flyers basketball team, have now revealed more detailed proposals ahead of submitting a formal planning application in September of this year.

As well as photos of the designs which include space for a hotel and restaurants, a digital fly-through of the plans was also revealed at an event at Ashton Gate this morning.

“It’s really exciting to be able to show the digital fly-through to everyone today," Martin Griffiths, Chairman of Ashton Gate said.

"We’ve talked a lot about creating a Sporting Quarter for the city where our football, rugby and basketball teams will all play.

“Since first announcing plans back in September 2018 we’ve been busy consulting with as many stakeholders as possible.

"The reaction and interaction that we’ve had has been really positive and has brought us to the designs we are showing today.

"There is now more open space and public realm areas along with a reduction in the height of the tallest buildings.

“We think that these latest designs are a great step forward and next month on March 24th & 25th, we will hold a public exhibition at the stadium to outline the plans with more detail.

"This public exhibition will give everyone a chance to view and comment on the plans, which we hope to submit for planning at the end of the summer.”

Credit: Bristol Sport

The Flyers basketball team, who recently made it to the final of the UK's premier basketball competition the BBL Cup, would use the arena as their home. 

The team regularly plays in front of sell out crowds at their current base, the SGS College Arena.

Flyers Head Coach, Andreas Kapoulas said: "Seeing the vision brought to life with the fly-through is a real step towards it becoming a reality. 

"The BBL Cup final demonstrated the huge support for the club and the appetite for basketball as a sport.

"To have this kind of venue here at Ashton Gate would be a game-changer for our programme, will support our future aspirations and secure our long-term sustainability to allow us to grow even further."

A Public Exhibition will take place at Ashton Gate Stadium on Tuesday, March 24th and Wednesday, March 25th where more details on the proposed plans will be made available.

You can watch the digital fly-through of the plans below: 


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