Arena update

There is considerable uncertainty about the future of Bristol’s planned arena at Temple Meads. Papers released ahead of the cabinet meeting on 4th April indicate that an independent review is being sought to assess the economic case for the arena. Contingency plans include “significant technical simplification, reduction in visual appeal and reduction in the quality of the visitor experience”.

Other options include reducing the 12,000 capacity, or scrapping the arena altogether. Nevertheless, councillors will be asked to approve the appointment of Buckingham Group to undertake further preparatory work and order materials. Cabinet members will be asked to approve the allocation of £500,000 for further feasibility work into how parking spaces can be provided. Options include a 500-space car park at 1-9 Bath Road.

See the attached report for further information.