By Rimante Bivainyte
There has been a plan to build a new indoor arena in Cardiff and the finally decided location has been revealed. After careful considerations and evaluation of a number different locations around the city, Cardiff Council has settled on a 30-acre site, that covers its headquarters at County Hall and the nearby Red Dragon Centre at Atlantic Wharf in Cardiff Bay. A new 15,000-seater indoor arena project is set to bring a great deal of visitors to the Cardiff city and Cardiff Bay.
According to the authorities, this project with a cost of approximately £100m, has long been determined as the biggest missing part in the city’s infrastructure. This project is appointed to increase current retail and leisure centres in the city centre and Cardiff Bay. Now, the city’s council is working on a detailed planning and business case for this project as well as the development that their existing building of County Hall would remain with a ne arena and other commercial schemes.
It is also known that the council is in talks with the owner of the Red Dragon Centre, British Airways Pension Fund with a plan for this centre to become a possible financial supporter of the arena complex. Here, Red Dragon Centre is seen as a potential leisure facility that could be incorporated within this scheme. Business Secretary Ken Skates stated to the WalesOnline that it was ‘crucially important’ for Cardiff to have a bigger arena to to attract major event to Cardiff and Wales.