The opening of
Coventrys state-of-the-art £6 million Arena will not be until the new Millennium.
The 4000-seat facility, which is part of Rank Leisures £40 million SkyDome
Coventry development, is due to host top concert and sporting dates.
It was hoped that the Arena would be open in early December but Rank now claims that
developer Morrison Impregilo has missed the arranged hand-over date.
This means that Rank still does not have an opening date for the Arena, leaving them
unable to confirm any of the events they had hoped to host during December.
These included the World Boxing clash involving Coventry boxer Dean Pithie, which will
now be held at the Sky Blue Connexion in Ryton, and both international and local
Rank today issued the following statement to explain the reasons behind the delayed
opening of the Arena.
"Rank Leisure Division Limited has confirmed that there will be a delay to the
intended opening of the SkyDome Arena following the Developer, Morrison Impregilo
(Coventry) Developments Limited, missing the contractual hand over date of 1 November
These events have been totally outside the control of Rank.
The Developer has not been able to confirm the revised date by which hand over to Rank
will take place.
Rank has concerns that given its current state of progress, the Arena may not be ready
before the Millennium and have taken the prudent course of action advising third parties
that no event bookings will be taken for dates prior to the New Year to avoid potential
The problems are in stark contrast to the overwhelming success of the leisure box which
attracted over 45,000 in the ten days after opening and is continuing to pull in crowds
from around the area.
The Jumpin Jaks outlet at the complex is now the most popular in the country,
outselling the other 12 members of its chain, which include Leeds, Southampton, Hemel
Hempstead and Swansea.