Work behind the scenes at Derby Arena underway

Wed 10 Dec 2014

We're delighted to announce that we've now appointed the senior management team.

Our management team is now made up of a Sport Business Manager, an Events and Operations Manager and a Health & Fitness Manager.

All of our new members of staff've now started and settled in their new roles. They will be joined by other team members, such as Customer Service Assistants, Health and Wellbeing Advisors and Activators in January.

Work behind the scenes at the Arena is well underway for opening in early 2015. Now that the construction work for the Arena has been completed two months ahead of schedule and on budget, we are busy fitting out the Arena and finalising the installation of the state-of-the-art gym provided by industry leaders, Technogym. We're also constructing the temporary seating ready for the University of Derby’s graduation ceremony in the New Year - that alone is an eight week job that is being carried out by the highly experienced team at Audience Systems.

Throughout the winter period we'll compiling operational manuals and will be busy training staff and management for the truly unique facility, which has the only design of its kind in the world. The essential piloting and testing of the Arena – from running mock activities to testing equipment to running fire and emergency evacuation drills will also be taking place in the venue.

We'll be continuing to work on sponsorship arrangements and are dealing with a number of interesting enquiries that have already been received regarding opportunities at this iconic venue. Anyone who is interested in receiving details of the sponsorship packages should contact Ed Green by emailing Ed.Green@derby.gov.uk.

Councillor Alison Martin, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said:

"Work at the Derby Arena is progressing well and we’re on track to open early next year. I’m delighted to welcome our senior management team on board to help with the work required to get the Arena up and running.

There’s also great news in store for events and performers coming to Derby Arena, with a significant number of enquiries currently being explored.”

In addition to the venue having a 5,000 audience capacity for cultural events, being capable of hosting exhibitions and dinner dances; the Derby Arena also has one of only five indoor 250 metre cycle tracks in Great Britain and will be able to host sports including badminton, basketball, netball, wheelchair basketball, volleyball, martial arts, table tennis and trampolining. The venue will also be offering gym membership packages for use of the state of the art 150-station gym and group exercise programmes taking place in the purpose built studios. The cafe/bar and hospitality rooms have also been fitted out with wifi and AV equipment to attract the business community for meetings and functions.