Top pop acts such as Robbie
Williams and Blur could be playing in Coventry when the Sky Blues’
new Arena 2000 opens its doors.
The 45,000-seater venue will
be able to host indoor gigs as the roof can cover the new stadium and
the pitch will slide out of the way.
Work on building the new
stadium on the site of the former Foleshill gasworks is well under
way, and project organisers say they are attracting a lot of interest
in the development.
Architects designing the
stadium have kept in touch with leading figures in the music industry
to make sure that the building matches their requirements.
As well as hosting top
Premiership football matches, the arena is expected to be in use
nearly every day of the week.
Major tour operators have
shown an interest in using the stadium for concerts, which means that
the design has to be able to cope with the logistics of a major pop
Groups like the Rolling Stones
and the Spice Girls can have an entourage of up to 25 huge lorries
with equipment for the performance, and the roof needs to be designed
to cope with a huge amount of technical infrastructure and still
provide good acoustics for singers.
Simon Dunstan of architects
RHWL said it was vital to give the arena the best reputation from the
“It’s no good just to be
a great football venue. We have to be great for all events.
Perfection is not an option – if it’s no good, no-one will
And Ian Huffam, of artist’s
agency Helter Skelter, which represents more 200 artistes including
Robbie Williams, Blur and Moby said there is a shortage of good,
enclosed facilities for big concerts.
“The 90s have definitely
seen more contemporary groups look at stadia as a viable
He added that the Arena 2000
would be a welcome addition to the venues available in the United
“Anything of that capacity
which offers modern facilities has to be good.”