THE PREFERRED location for a new 15,000-capacity indoor arena has been selected by Cardiff Council.
Situated in Atlantic Wharf, the venue is set to cost £110 million. Other locations considered included Arms Park, Callaghan Square and replacing the Motorpoint Arena (cap. 7,500),
When complete, the venue will be in direct competition to the planned Bristol Arena (12,000) 45 miles away.
“If Cardiff wants to compete with other major cities then, to succeed, it needs the necessary infrastructure to secure our future and a multi-purpose indoor arena will be one of the key components of Cardiff’s future economic success,” says Russell Goodwin, the Council’s cabinet member for investment and development.
Working with Live Nation Entertainment, which owns and operates the Motorpoint Arena, to identify the chosen site, the council began considering options for a new venue in 2013.
“The arena has been a long-standing aspiration for the city and has absolutely nothing to do with [plans for one in] Bristol,” says a council spokesman.