Brand New Ice Arena in Cardiff Bay
Planning is underway for a brand new, state of the art Ice Arena in Cardiff Bay which will give a massive boost to Cardiff’s International reputation and development. Due to start construction this August, the 3,000 seat Ice Arena will have a twin ice rink, with the main rink becoming the new home to the Cardiff Devils. The Wales National Rink closed its doors in 2006, with a temporary ice rink erected in the sports village. Planning permission for the Arena was given earlier this month and the entire project is planned to be completed within five years, however the main rink to host Cardiff Devils matches should be ready for a part for 2013-14 season.
The twin ice rink is just part of a £250million development scheme for Cardiff Bay, which also plans to build a 250 metre real snow ski slope and an indoor snow play centre, as well as a brand new hotel, a 32 storey tower, a shopping centre, apartments, restaurants and a 1300 space car park. This news falls nicely in line with the approved plans to build 800 new affordable homes at Cardiff Pointe, which will create a substantial new part of the City and the Bay. Cardiff council leader Heather Joyce believes this scheme can not only benefit the Bay’s ever growing reputation, but also have a positive impact on Cardiff housing:
"This development will not only look fantastic but will also create thousands of jobs, attract tens of thousands more visitors to the city and provide homes - including affordable homes - for people in Cardiff. In challenging economic times, projects like these are important to boosting the local economy and helping it to recover."
Along with the popular Cardiff Bay sports village, which already has an Olympic size swimming pool and white water rafting facilities, the Ice Arena will also offer people the chance to try their hands at popular winter sports such as skiing, speed-skating and curling, whilst also bringing out the best local talent. Students hoping to stay in Cardiff after graduating will be able to find appropriate accommodation, whilst enjoying time trying out some new sports.
Cardiff received 301,000 visits from overseas and the UK in 2012, and came 11th in the top 50 Visit Britain’s rankings for overseas visits to towns and cities in 2012, which demonstrates the challenges facing Wales’ tourism sector. With the addition of the Ice Arena in Cardiff Bay, this figure is sure to rise in future years and enhance Cardiff’s reputation as a major tourist destination, a sporting city and a great place to live.