Tender process to build and operate the Indoor Arena set to begin

Plans for a new indoor arena in Cardiff Bay have been given a further boost with news that the Council's Cabinet has agreed to go out to tender for a developer to build and operate a new arena.

A report to Cabinet reveals that a final business case for the 15,000-seater arena will be presented at the end of 2019, with planning consent potentially achieved by 2020, meaning the new venue could be open for business by December 2023.

Cabinet Member for Investment and Development, Cllr Russell Goodway, said: "We want to re-energise Cardiff Bay, boosting its profile as a leisure-based destination. A new multi-purpose arena can help us achieve that, bringing a major new attraction for residents and visitors to enjoy."

Cllr Goodway said: "Now that the preliminary due diligence and market testing has been completed, we are ready to begin the formal process of securing a delivery partner. "