Morningside Arena Leicester announces extension plans

The Morningside Arena, home of the Leicester Riders, the oldest club in the British Basketball League (BBL), has announced plans for a 1,200m2 extension, to increase the flexible use of the venue.

The Arena is the largest indoor venue in the city with a capacity for up to 3,000, and stages many national and international events, both in sport and culture, as well as acting as a community sports arena.

The extension will increase the facility from 3 basketball courts to five – which will make it the largest in the country.

The expansion plans went through a pre-Application planning review process earlier in the year and the Planning Application was submitted last month.

Expansion plans

Riders Chairman Kevin Routledge, a Director of Morningside Arena, was excited to announce the plans:

The Arena along with many other businesses in the sector has come through some very difficult times due to Covid, but we are very positive about the opportunities going forward. Our community sport usage pre-Covid was growing every year, so much so, that our Foundation has had to look for additional external facilities, to support its programme.

Meanwhile, the Arena’s reputation for staging major Events has been growing, and we have already invested significantly to make the Arena Covid-secure and more flexible.

We are attracting bookings for major TV events across a range of sports which have never been staged in Leicester and we need the extra space to maintain our dual purpose, including the further growth of Riders basketball pathway and community engagement.

This addition will also improve the customer experience for the largest events. Thus, we felt the time was right to get on with this development, which has the support of all our partners, including the City Council and Leicester College.

Source & imagery, courtesy: Leicester Riders

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