University of Worcester Arena

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University of Worcester Arena
Worcester Arena
WorcesterArenaInterior.jpg
Location Hylton Road
Worcester
WR2 5JN
Owner University of Worcester
Capacity 2,000
Construction
Broke ground 2012
Opened 12 April 2013
Construction cost £15 million
Architect Roberts Limbrick
Tenants
Worcester Wolves (BBL)

The University of Worcester Arena, commonly referred to as Worcester Arena, is a multi-purpose sports venue and events arena in Worcester, England. The 2,000-seat capacity venue opened in April 2013 and is the home arena of Worcester Wolves basketball team, whilst also being a national centre of excellence for disability sports.[1]

Plans for the construction of a new sports arena were first unveiled in January 2010 after the University of Worcester had purchased land on Hylton Road used previously as a fruit and vegetable market.[2] Initial reports indicated the capacity of the new venue would seat 1,500 people, cost £10 million and would be due to open in the Spring of 2012.[3]

Willmott Dixon was appointed as the project's developer, working alongside architect Roberts Limbrick.[4] Construction of the sports arena started in early 2012 and was due to be completed by January 2013[5] but several delays during construction meant that the opening of arena was setback until April 2013.[6]

The University of Worcester officially announced the opening of the new sports arena on 12 April 2013, completed at a cost of £15 million.[7] The first event to be staged at the arena was the Netball Superleague Showdown, where TeamBath beat Celtic Dragons 62-56 in the Grand Final. 1,509 spectators attended the inaugural event, which was heralded as a resounding success by local media.[8]

Worcester Wolves made their first official appearance at their new home on 4 October, marking the occasion with a 73–61 victory over the reigning British Basketball League champions Leicester Riders.[9]

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Coordinates: 52°11′34″N 2°13′54″W / 52.1927°N 2.2317°W / 52.1927; -2.2317