Plymouth Pavilions

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Plymouth Pavilions
The Pavilion
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Location Plymouth, England
Owner Plymouth City Council
Capacity Concerts: 4,000
Conferences: 2,500
Basketball: 1,480
Opened 1991
Tenants
Plymouth Raiders (BBL)

Plymouth Pavilions is an entertainment and sports complex in Plymouth, Devon, England. It has an ice rink, Live Café[clarification needed] and arena. The arena is used for corporate hire and as an entertainment venue.

The Pavilions is built on the site of the former Millbay railway station that is directly opposite the Duke of Cornwall Hotel. The granite pillars which can be seen outside the main entrance were once the gate posts to the station.

Shows and concerts[edit]

The fastest selling show at Pavilions, was The Arctic Monkeys, selling out in one hour in 2006.[1] In 2012 that record was matched by Gary Barlow, selling out in just under one hour.[2]

Year Notable shows and concerts
1991 Kylie Minogue, Beverley Craven, Gary Glitter, The Moody Blues
1992 Barclay James Harvest, Status Quo, KISS, Crowded House, Jethro Tull
1993 Inxs, Squeeze, The Kinks, Roy Wood, Brian May Band
1994 Electric Light Orchestra Part Two, Pantera, Whitesnake
1995 Bryan Ferry, The Friendly Foetus Foes
1996 Deep Purple, Backstreet Boys
1997 Radiohead, Whitenake
1998 Yes, Tori Amos
1999 Van Morrison, Mike and The Mechanics, Elvis Costello, Pet Shop Boys
2000 Paul Weller, Gene Pitney, John Mayall and Peter Green
2001 Muse, Atomic Kitten, Melanie C, David Cassidy
2002 Coldplay, Chris De Burgh, David Gray, Oasis, Manic Street Preachers
2003 Def Leppard, Julio Iglesias, Level 42
2004 Travis, Eddie Izzard, LeAnn Rimes, Blondie, Will Young
2005 Green Day, P!nk, Judas Priest, Little Britain Live, Machine Head, Motorhead & Kings of Leon, Joan Armatrading
2006 Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Oasis, Elkie Brooks, Sugababes, Jack Johnson, Lostprophets, P!nk, Motorhead & Jet
2007 My Chemical Romance, Bloc Party, P!nk, Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Billy Connolly, Ricky Gervais, The Darkness, Tim Vine, Bowling For Soup, The Feeling, Heaven & Hell, Lamb of God, Enter Shikari & Lemar
2008 Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Lee Evans, N-Dubz, The Mighty Boosh, Bullet for My Valentine, Pendulum, The Feeling, Korn, The Moody Blues, Sugababes & McFly
2009 Al Murray, Kenny Rogers, Keane, The Saturdays, Motorhead, Ricky Tomlinson, Alice Cooper, Bloc Party, Enter Shikari, Lily Allen, Lemar & Them Crooked Vultures
2010 Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, The Prodigy, Paloma Faith, Frankie Boyle, The Moody Blues, JLS, Dizzee Rascal, Scouting for Girls, Crowded House, Machine Head, Pendulum, Pixie Lott, Biffy Clyro, Halestorm, Buckcherry, Papa Roach & Disturbed.
2011 James Blunt, The Wanted, Alexandra Burke, Morrissey, Evanescence with The Pretty Reckless, Jason Manford, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, N-Dubz, Olly Murs, UK Subs, The Anti-Nowhere League, Motorhead, Insense, Rise To Remain, Ghost, In Flames, Trivium, Example, Jessie J, Katy B, Eliza Doolittle, Glen Campbell, The Saturdays
2012 One Direction, Frankie Boyle, McFly, Thin Lizzy, Michael McIntyre, John Bishop, Professor Green, Ed Sheeran, Enter Shikari, Blur, Noah and the Whale, Rizzle Kicks, Peter Andre, Madness, Steps
2013 Little Mix, Plan B, Miranda Hart, Paloma Faith, The Nolans, Leona Lewis, Gary Barlow, The Lumineers
2014 Lily Allen, A Day To Remember, The Saturdays, Machine Head, Bombay Bicycle Club
2015 Status Quo, Royal Blood, Paloma Faith, Ben Howard, Elvis Costello, Will Young, Dan and Phil [3]

Ice Skate Rink[edit]

Plymouth Pavilions is one of the only indoor centres with an actual ice rink in Devon. They host under 18 nights on the rink, family sessions and even entertainment on the ice rink.

Plymouth Pavilions was also the home of a family fun indoor swimming pool; however early 2012 the swimming pool was shut down and a pool has been opened at the nearby Plymouth Life Centre in Central Park.[4]

Sport[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Main arena, home to the Plymouth Raiders.

The arena is home to the Plymouth Raiders professional basketball team, who compete in the elite British Basketball League. The Raiders have one of the biggest fan bases in British basketball, and games are often played in front of sell-out crowds of up to 1,480 people. The arena has been home to the Raiders since 1996, when the team moved in from the nearby Mayflower Centre looking for a bigger venue to play at.

The venue is one of the most unusual looking basketball arenas in the country, with one large two-tiered stand and a smaller temporary stand situated on the events stage. It is known for its off-court entertainment including laser light shows and pyrotechnics, but the actual playing court is deemed by many fans to be unsuitable for top level competition, despite hosting several England national team matches in 1997.

Premier League Darts[edit]

From 2005 to 2008, the arena was part of the Premier League Darts event for the PDC.

Year Week Date
2005 Week 6 Thursday April 21
2006 Play-Offs Monday May 29
2007 Week 1 Thursday February 1
2008 Week 2 Thursday February 7

Other sporting events[edit]

On April 1, 2016, it was announced by the WWE that the arena would host a date for the upcoming WWE NXT UK tour in June.

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Coordinates: 50°22′8″N 4°9′0″W / 50.36889°N 4.15000°W / 50.36889; -4.15000