MAR 01] SKYDOME COVENTRY NEWS
Causes City Street Row
attempt to breathe nightlife into a medieval Coventry street has
been branded “a joke” by residents living nearby.
who go to Bonds Cocktail Bar in Spon Street are being offered free
entry into the Diva club on Fridays if they are there by 10.30pm and
meet the door requirements.
£40m Skydome complex has proved a massive hit since it opened, with
Ikon, Diva and Jumpin Jaks being regularly packed.
one venture that has not been as successful is Bonds, which
originally was branded as a bar that would attract officer workers
by day and clubbers by night.
management hope the offer will attract people to Bonds and say it
could draw more people down Spon Street.
in the medieval road haven’t seen the predicted boom in trade
since the complex opened, and some have complained about a rise in
noise, violence and mess in the area.
manager Ian Knight said:
were expecting the huge popularity of SkyDome to have a very
positive impact on the night time economy of Medieval Spon Street
but for some reason that has not been as significant as it should
have now decided to give anyone who is in the street's Bonds
Cocktail Bar by 10.30pm on a Friday night free entry and priority
queuing for Ikon and Diva - providing they meet the door criteria.
because of the huge popularity of the clubs, this will be a big
incentive for people to start their evenings in Spon Street and
support the businesses that it contains.
means that in the short term we will lose some door revenue for
the clubs but the move should slightly redefine the focus of the
complex toward that side.
am very confident that once we give people the necessary
encouragement to visit Spon Street they will see it as an
essential part of their nights out.”
move was dismissed by Kevin Noble of the Spon End Red Brick
whole issue surrounding Bonds was that it was going to be like
Browns in Earl Street, and be a place for office workers to use in
the day time, but it has turned into a club bar.
them to say they are trying to help Spon Street is a joke. They
are trying to promote their club.
they are serious about promoting Spon Street then they should open
in the day time again.”
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