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Derby Arena: Special events planned for opening

Derby Arena from outside Image copyright Gary Cadman
Image caption Derby City Council said the arena would help put Derby on the map

Derby Arena is to hold a series of special events after it opens to the public in March, council bosses said.

The £28m venue, built to host high-level cycling events, as well as other sports, including basketball, will officially open on 20 March.

The 5,000-seat arena will also double as a concert venue and feature a 12-court sports hall.

A council spokeswoman said a 30-day showcase would "unwrap" the arena to the public.

Councillor Alison Martin, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: "We're offering a brilliant opportunity to see the arena in all its glory, try first-hand what it has to offer."

Demonstrations of the facilities will take place during the 30-day period.

The arena, which was originally due to open in December, has been funded by Sport England and the Labour-controlled Derby City Council.

The authority said the delay in opening was down to "getting things right".

Image caption Bikes with one gear and no brakes will hurtle around the 250m, 42-degree track at the velodrome, which is the first of its kind in the East Midlands

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