New Cardiff Arena to recognise Wales as the Land of Song
It’s been revealed that plans are under way to recognise the musical heritage of Wales as part of the new Cardiff Arena.
The latest in a series of public consultation webinars into redevelopment plans for Atlantic Wharf in Cardiff Bay, which include the building of the 15,000 capacity Cardiff Arena, heard from venue operator Live Nation’s chief operating officer Graham Walters about how the new arena will be operated and managed.
Following a question from a member of the public as part of a Q&A session, he detailed how they are looking to celebrate the rich musical heritage and history of Cardiff and Wales at the state-of-the-art new venue.
Heritage and history
It was put to him that, ‘Wales is renowned as the land of song, yet there is nothing for visitors to the city to discover to inform them of the unique cultural and contemporary musical history of Wales. I believe you have a great opportunity to develop a tourist attraction that would create extra revenue into the arena.
‘If you want people to come early and stay late then this would be an ideal opportunity to increase footfall and embellish the arena’s reputation as a must visit, both day and night. It would also be a tangible link between the local community and the arena as well as serve as an educational opportunity. Do you believe something like this would be possible?’
In response he said: “Yes I do. It forms part of the overall masterplan and the way we’re looking to connect and work with the Wales Millennium Centre, stakeholders in the Bay, residents in Butetown and the new museum that’s planned to open.
“Absolutely we recognise the heritage and history that Cardiff offers and we will try and build that into the design and look of the arena through the materials and the finishes, but we will also have space to curate some degree of art, music and heritage displays that can all be fed into the infrastructure in that area (of the arena).
“It’s a key area that we can work on and certainly our partner architects are looking at these elements already and we’ll develop that through the planning phase and consultation with the local residents and the city as a whole.”
Following the launch of the public consultation into Cardiff Council’s plans for the transformation of Atlantic Wharf, a series of webinars have taken place throughout July to provide local residents, businesses and those who signed up for more information about the plans, with an opportunity to find out more about the proposals for Phase 1 of the development.
Hosted by the consortium behind the new Arena – construction company Robertson, global arena operator Live Nation and arena developer Oak View Group, the webinars shared the latest proposals for the redevelopment while gathering the views of the public.
The 15,000 capacity arena to be built in Cardiff Bay is part of Cardiff Council’s redevelopment of Atlantic Wharf, which will include retail and leisure facilities, hotels, multi-storey car-parking and new homes.
The arena will be positioned at the heart of a new cultural area incorporating the Wales Millennium Centre production space, potentially a National Art Gallery, and a ‘This is Wales’ fly-through visitor attraction.
To watch the webinars and find out more about the project, as well as give your views in the public consultation visit: https://atlanticwharfcardiff.co.uk/