By Christopher Jones
Several potential sites have been identified for a new 15,000-capacity arena in Cardiff. At a Cardiff council meeting, councillor Russell Goodway said that the options include sites at County Hall, Cardiff Prison, Dumballs Road and the area near the Cardiff Central station, Callaghan Square.
The project, deemed “crucially important” to Cardiff’s development by Economy Minister, Ken Skates, will reportedly cost £110m and take three years to complete. For comparison, Cardiff’s other large capacity arenas, the Principality Stadium and Motorpoint Arena, can hold 74,000 and 7,000 attendants respectively.
Another 15,000-capacity arena, as part of the £150m development of Cardiff Arms Park area, may also soon be in the works. The Cardiff Blues rugby team are pushing for the construction of the site for use as their official stadium.
Russell Goodway, Labour cabinet member, has assured that the council ” intend to bring forward [their] plans in the next few months.”
Recent developments for Cardiff come at the same time as construction on a similar new arena in Bristol has been delayed to 2020. The city council has cited disagreements with developers concerning the cost of the project as reasoning for the long-awaited, Bristol Arena’s delay. Mayor Marvin Rees has nonetheless assured the city is still “committed” to building the arena. The estimated cost of the project is £92.5m, with a planned capacity of 12,000 attendants.