More Delays in Bristol
On good information we understand that the planned opening date for Bristol’s long awaited arena has slipped again. The 12,000 seat multipurpose venue near Temple Meads was originally due to have been finished by late 2017, a delay until 2018 was announced last year and now due to spiralling structural cost Bristol is unlikely to have an Arena until 2020, the costs look set to be over 100 million. Artist impression above. An announcement is expected early October in the annual state of the city speech by Mayor Marvin Rees.
Unlike the Principality Stadium (70,000 event capacity) which cost 120 million, now in its 16th year with over 1.3 million visitors each year pouring money into the Welsh Economy, September saw the change over from event mode into rugby mode with the oncoming Autumn fixtures to include Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa, (Go Wales!) Rock City were again involved in the picking up and winter storage of the 10,000m² Terraplas System. www.terraplas.com.
With the festival season finishing Rock City were clearing up at Bestival, Proms in the Park, and some one offs in Bristol and Newport. Our product crews were finishing taking down the last marquees and seating structures across the South West. TR2, the Assembly and Paint Workshop in Plymouth saw crews in all month. Helping with the sets for Big, The Broadway Musical based on the classic film starring Tom Hanks and the Wind in the Willows for the World Premiere (in association with the Plymouth Theatre Royal). Whilst other crew members took a well earnt rest after the summer with a busy autumn and winter season ahead of them.