Blackburn Arena

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Blackburn Arena
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Blackburn Arena is located in Blackburn town centre
Blackburn Arena
Blackburn Arena
Location in Blackburn town centre
Location Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Coordinates 53°44′34″N 2°28′50″W / 53.74278°N 2.48056°W / 53.74278; -2.48056
Operator Planet Ice
Type Ice arena
Capacity 3,200
Field size 60 × 30 m (197 × 98 ft)
Construction
Opened 1991 (1991)
Renovated 2005 (2005)
Tenants
Blackburn Hawks
Blackburn Eagles
Lancashire Raptors
1991–
2012–
2007–2012
Website
www.blackburnicearena.co.uk
The arena can seat over 3,000 people

Blackburn Arena is an Olympic size ice arena in Blackburn, England, and the home of Blackburn Hawks and Blackburn Eagles ice hockey clubs. The arena, which opened in January 1991, by Christopher Dean and Jane Torville, holds 3,200 people, and has an ice pad of 60 by 30 metres (197 by 98 ft). In 2005, the arena underwent an refurbishment.

The arena was owned by Peel Group, who purchased it from the original owners, Blackburn Council. It was later sold on in 2015 to Silver Blades. In 1990, during construction, planning permission was granted, to build an extra 1,000 seats at the back of the arena. It was built to coincide with Manchester's 1996 Summer Olympic bid, with the possibility of boxing contests being held there.

In October 1993, WCW (World Championship Wrestling) held an tour event at the arena, as did the WWF (World Wrestling Federation) in March 1994, and on 26 November 1994, rock band Status Quo held the only concert to date there from their Thirsty Work World Tour.

At Blackburn Arena, there is a junior development for ice hockey. There are teams for under 10s, under 12s, under 14s, under 16s and under 18s. All these teams go under the name of Blackburn Junior Hawks. The arena is open seven days a week for public ice skating sessions. It also contains an Café, Figure Skating, and Hockey Shop.

The arena is scheduled to host an event promoted by 5 Star Wrestling in April 2018.