£110m preferred Cardiff arena site unveiled

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Adele, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and Simone BilesImage source, Getty Images/BBC
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The new venue will hope to attract major artists and events like Adele, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and the world gymnastics championships

The preferred site for a new £110m indoor arena in Cardiff has been revealed.

Cardiff Council hope a 15,000-seat arena could be built across two sites in Atlantic Wharf near the county hall in Cardiff Bay.

Councillor Russell Goodway said the new stadium would create a "revitalised visitor destination place in the Bay".

The council's cabinet will discuss the option at its meeting on Thursday.

In June, Economy Minister Ken Skates said the development of the new arena was "crucially important" for the city.

The Principality Stadium and Motorpoint Arena have capacities of 74,000 and 7,000 respectively, but no venue in the city has a capacity between the two.

London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield all have big arenas, while Bristol has a £92m venue planned.

The Atlantic Wharf site was chosen over six other sites, including Callaghan Square, near Cardiff Central railway station, Motorpoint Arena, while the Cardiff Blues rugby region had also wanted to build a 15,000 arena as part of a £150m development of the Arms Park in Cardiff city centre.

The council's preferred option is to build the new venue at Atlantic Wharf, between the council's County Hall site and the Red Dragon site.

Councillor Goodway said building the stadium would help make the metro system a reality and generate the visitors needed to sustain other visitor attractions in the city.

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Artist's impression of what the arena would look like

The council will consider the preferred option on Thursday, with detailed feasibility study needed to see if the council would need to move from its base in county hall as part of the plans.