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New Box Office for Coventry Arena

A box office for the new SkyDome Arena selling tickets for all events including ice-skating is to be opened at a neighbouring supermarket.

A partnership has been formed with the Co-op in Queen Victoria Road, Coventry in time for the venue’s opening next month.

The 4,000-seat arena, which will host major concerts, sporting events, conferences and exhibitions, as well as being the city’s ice rink, opens for business on April 15.

Management at the £7 million development, run by Birmingham-based Planet Ice, have opened a box office inside the Co-Op Superstore in Queen Victoria Road.

Simon Burnett, general manager of the Arena, said the superstore was the natural location for the new box office.

He said:

“We got to know the Co-Op very well during construction and it just seems the perfect place to create our first off-site box office. The store has thousands of people through its doors every week and is very convenient.

“We have been inundated with requests for information. We open on April 15 with the Dairylea Dunkers basketball quarter-finals and skating will start later that week.

“The rink has been finished off with all the markings and logos this week and looks fantastic. All it needs now is skaters!”

Steve McConville, manager of the Queen Victoria Road store, said it was the first time the Co-Op had entered such a partnership.

“The SkyDome Arena is going to prove a major attraction both nationally and regionally and hopefully there will be spin-offs for other local businesses. We are next-door neighbours and are really in the ideal spot for customers.

“Even when the workmen were fitting out the box office, a huge number of customers wanted to know when they could buy tickets. We obviously hope it will bring considerable numbers of new customers through our store.”

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