Capital FM Arena Nottingham
|Capital FM Arena Nottingham|
|Former names||Nottingham Arena (2000–08)
Trent FM Arena Nottingham (2008–11)
|Location||National Ice Centre
The Lace Market
Nottingham NG1 1LA
|Opened||1 April 2000|
|Owner||Nottingham City Council|
|Construction cost||£43 million (cost of total NIC project)|
|Website||Capital FM Arena Nottingham|
The Capital FM Arena Nottingham (originally known as the Nottingham Arena and the Trent FM Arena), is a multi-use indoor arena located within the National Ice Centre in the Lace Market district of Nottingham, England. The National Ice Centre and Nottingham Arena were opened by Olympic gold medalist Jayne Torvill on 1 April 2000. Since its opening, the arena has hosted over a thousand concerts, comedy acts, family shows and sporting events.
The arena is part of the National Ice Centre which was constructed on the site of the former Nottingham Ice Stadium. The ice stadium opened in 1939 and was showing its age, so, in September 1995, plans were announced to replace the Ice Stadium. Plans for the new ice rink, supported by the British Olympic Association, were unveiled in October 1996. In mid-1997 Nottingham City Council voted to adapt the plans of the new centre to incorporate a sport arena.
Several buildings were demolished to make way for the new ice centre; This included an Art Deco warehouse and "The Old Cricket Players" pub, which was initially planned to be spared. The former Ice Stadium was demolished in 2000.
During excavation for the new building in July 1998 a rare 1,100-year old Saxon jug was found, which is on display at the Nottingham Castle Museum. A 19th-century graveyard was also found under the car park, from which the bodies were then exhumed.
The National Ice Centre and Nottingham Arena were opened on 1 April 2000 by Olympic gold medalist Jayne Torvill. The National Ice Centre was the first twin Olympic-sized ice rink in the UK. The final cost of the project was £43million. The arena was inaugurated by English band, Simply Red on 29 April 2000.
By 2002, the arena was not as popular as planned. The venue faced an operating loss of £1.5 million within its first year. Concert promoters would often have acts skip Nottingham in favour of Sheffield and Birmingham. In July, the arena booked Rod Stewart and the concert helped placed Nottingham on the map. The arena was able to book many big name artists such as: Elton John, Usher, Green Day, Iron Maiden, Kasabian, Metallica, Muse and The Killers.
In 2007, former radio station, Trent FM purchased naming rights for four years, becoming the Trent FM Arena Nottingham. When the station when out of business in 2010, the naming rights were purchased by Capital FM, now known as Capital FM Arena Nottingham.
In 2011, the arena installed a draping system, reducing the capacity to 4,000 for intimate shows. The arena's overall capacity was also expanded from 9,000 to 10,000. Metallica holds the record for the largest concert at the arena, with an audience of 10,337. The Killers' 2009 concert was the fastest selling show, selling 9,661 tickets in one hour. Westlife has performed the most at the arena, with 20 shows between 2001–2012.
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