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Skydome Blazes Away To Sell-out Weekend

Damial O'DonnellThe Daniel O'Donnell concert at the Skydome Arena next March is a sell out after the venue's most successful weekend, with a record crowd going to last night’s ice hockey mauling.

Around 100 people queued through Friday night ready for the tickets for the St Patrick’s Day to go on sale and over 3,000 were sold throughout Saturday and Sunday.

On top of that the £7 million arena, owned by Planet Ice, hosted a careers fair which attracted over 2,000 young people and last night played host to the Coventry Blaze, watched by a league record crowd of 2,087.

The Blaze, currently top of the British National League, were expecting a close encounter with the Milton Keynes Kings, but romped away to win 13-2.

The first period was tight, with just one goal apiece going in. But then Blaze just pulled away and the Kings couldn’t keep up.

Malcolm BumfordArena manager Malcolm Bumford (right) said the interest in the O'Donnell concert - to be held on St Patrick's Day - was phenomenal.

He said:

"It was an incredible weekend. Friday was a cold night so we had staff in and they brought the queue inside so people could get hot drinks and use the facilities.

"By the time the box office opened, we had over 500 people queuing and that interest carried on right throughout the weekend.

"We did experience some problems with our ticket hotline service and apologise if anyone had difficulty getting through but engineers worked to clear the fault.

"The reaction from people was excellent and it should be quite a night next March.

"This weekend has shown beyond doubt that the Arena is a truly multi-purpose venue.

“To have that many people buying tickets, then to host major events on Saturday and Sunday is quite an achievement.

"Not only is that good for the Arena and Planet Ice, but very good news indeed for Coventry because the events are attracting people and income to the city."

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