Echo Arena Liverpool

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Echo Arena Liverpool
Echo arena liverpool logo.gif
The Echo Arena at night
Location Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool
16 Monarchs Quay
Liverpool
L3 4FP
England
Coordinates 53°23′48″N 2°59′27.45″W / 53.39667°N 2.9909583°W / 53.39667; -2.9909583
Opened January 2008
Owner Liverpool City Council
Construction cost £164 million[1]
Architect Wilkinson Eyre
Project manager Davis Langdon, An AECOM Company
Structural engineer Buro Happold
Capacity 12,000
Tenants
Mersey Tigers (BBL) (2008–2010)

Coordinates: 53°23′48″N 2°59′27.45″W / 53.39667°N 2.9909583°W / 53.39667; -2.9909583

Echo Arena Liverpool is the arena half of ACC Liverpool located on the former King's Dock in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. The BT Convention Centre forms the other half of the complex.[2]

Architecture and design[edit]

The Echo Arena under construction in November 2007
The Echo Arena soon after completion

In terms of capacity, Echo Arena Liverpool is the eleventh largest arena in the United Kingdom. ACC Liverpool as a whole was designed by Wilkinson Eyre architects.[3] There are six dressing rooms, five team locker rooms and two promoter offices within the arena.[3] Vehicles weighing up to 38 tonnes can gain access to the basement of the arena.[3]

Environmental sustainability[edit]

Echo Arena Liverpool is one of the most sustainable venues in Europe, designed to reduce half of its CO2 emissions. Features across the complex control light, temperature and electricity usage and harvest rainwater for toilet flushing, while a crop of turbines on the River Mersey contributes to its electricity supply. Due to this design, Echo Arena has been awarded a string of environmental and architectural accolades. ACC Liverpool, the home to both Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre has a BREEAM rating of 'very good'.[3]

Notable events[edit]

The Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool complex is capable of hosting a whole range of events including music concerts, conventions, sporting events, children's entertainment and more. Since the arena's opening in 2008, it has regularly played host to many of the world's top musical acts. Many world famous artists including Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, The Eagles, Muse, Lady Gaga, Oasis, Nickelback, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Katy Perry, Arctic Monkeys, KISS, Neil Young, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Bruno Mars, and Girls Aloud who performed their final concert together here. As well as concerts, the arena has also hosted a number of major international events. Since its completion in 2008 Echo Arena has become home to the annual Liverpool Summer Pops Festival. The festival, which until previous years had operated from a huge big top tent, regularly attracts a number of well known popular artists.

On 6 November 2008 the arena hosted the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, whilst on 14 December 2008 it was the venue for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show. On 20 October 2010 the arena hosted the 2010 MOBO Awards, this is only the second time that the awards have been held outside of London. January 2011 saw Echo Arena play host to Famous and Fearless, a reality television game show which was aired live over the period of a week on Channel 4. In July/June 2011 and May 2012, Echo Arena hosted the X Factor auditions. In July 2012, the Echo Arena played host to the "bootcamp" stages of the competition, the first time this stage of the competition has been held outside of London since the show began 8 years ago. Liverpool was selected to host the 2012 MOBO Awards for the second time which was held in the arena.

Since 2008, it has played host to a week of the Premier League Darts.

Year Week Date Matches
2008 Week 11 Thursday April 10 (101.45) James Wade England 8 - 5 England Wayne Mardle (97.57)
(92.33) John Part Canada 2 - 8 England Adrian Lewis (98.96)
(102.96) Peter Manley England 8 - 5 England Terry Jenkins (98.74)
(103.02) Phil Taylor England 8 - 2 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (94.96)
2009 Week 1 Thursday February 5 (93.12) James Wade England 7 - 7 Canada John Part (88.23)
(97.50) Jelle Klaasen Netherlands 7 - 7 England Terry Jenkins (96.95)
(97.63) Mervyn King England 8 - 1 England Wayne Mardle (85.76)
(96.55) Raymond van Barneveld Netherlands 4 - 8 England Phil Taylor (107.50)
2010 Week 11 Thursday April 22 (98.03) Terry Jenkins England 8 - 4 England Ronnie Baxter (95.23)
(100.28) James Wade England 8 - 3 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (95.96)
(89.04) Adrian Lewis England 3 - 8 England Mervyn King (93.71)
(103.62) Phil Taylor England 8 - 5 Australia Simon Whitlock (102.33)
2011 Week 12 Thursday April 28 (84.40) Mark Webster Wales 4 - 8 England Terry Jenkins (92.56)
(96.54) Gary Anderson Scotland 3 - 8 England Phil Taylor (101.10)
(92.63) Raymond van Barneveld Netherlands 7 - 7 England James Wade (102.66)
(95.87) Adrian Lewis England 8 5 Australia Simon Whitlock (94.95)
2012 Week 12 Thursday April 26 (97.07) James Wade England 7 - 7 England Kevin Painter (99.14)
(104.41) Phil Taylor England 8 - 3 Australia Simon Whitlock (100.23)
(95.71) Andy Hamilton England 7 - 7 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (95.71)
(98.15) Adrian Lewis England 7 - 7 Scotland Gary Anderson (99.26)
2013 Week 13 Thursday May 2 (97.11) Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 7 - 4 England Andy Hamilton (95.49)
(93.32) James Wade England 4 - 7 Australia Simon Whitlock (98.26)
(98.88) Robert Thornton Scotland 2 - 7 England Phil Taylor (100.92)
(102.06) Raymond van Barneveld Netherlands 7 - 4 England Adrian Lewis (98.13)
(98.90) James Wade England 2 - 7 England Andy Hamilton (100.90)
2014 Week 1 Thursday February 6

Between Friday September 18 and Sunday September 20 of 2009, it played host to Great Britain's 2009 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I Second Round Play-off Match against Poland. Great Britain lost 3-2 to Poland and were relegated to the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II.

Home team Score Visiting team Date Matches
 Great Britain 2 - 3  Poland Friday September 18 United Kingdom Andy Murray bt. Poland Michał Przysiężny 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
Poland Jerzy Janowicz bt. United Kingdom Daniel Evans 6–3, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Saturday September 19 Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg / Marcin Matkowski bt. United Kingdom Ross Hutchins / Andy Murray 7–5, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Sunday September 20 United Kingdom Andy Murray bt. Poland Jerzy Janowicz 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
Poland Michał Przysiężny bt. United Kingdom Daniel Evans 6–2, 6–1, 7–5

Transportation links[edit]

Direct public transport to Echo Arena is by bus. James Street railway station is a short walk away and is served by the Merseyrail Wirral Line. The station is two stops away from Liverpool Lime Street mainline station via the city's underground Loop Line.

The arena is situated opposite the portal of the now disused Wapping Tunnel which runs from Edge Hill in the east of the city. There have been calls to reuse the 1.26 miles (2.03 km) tunnel with a station serving the arena and immediate docks on the site of the demolished Park Lane station which was at the end of the tunnel.

In August 2009, the Liverpool Daily Post reported that a new tram-train link from Edge Hill in the east of the city to the Echo Arena at Kings Dock is being considered.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.echoarena.com/the_venue/index.asp
  2. ^ It's the Echo Arena Liverpool Echo, retrieved on 5 June 2007
  3. ^ a b c d "Liverpool Echo Arena". Emporis. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tram link bid for Liverpool airport". Liverpool Daily Post. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 

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