Plans revealed for major new Edinburgh arena

The 8,000 seater indoor arena in Scottish capital is expected to include conference space and hotels.

Lothian Leisure Development (LLD) Ltd is working with Birmingham-based NEC Group on a new 8,000 capacity indoor arena for Edinburgh. 

A site for the arena has been secured at Straiton, just outside Edinburgh city centre, with plans to transform the 30-acre site into a mixed-use leisure and entertainment destination.

Together with the 8,000 capacity venue, proposals for the wider development includes conference, retail and leisure space, a cinema and two hotels. 

Dave Fowler, Business Development Director at LLD said: "These exciting proposals showcase the modern indoor arena that Edinburgh deserves, and with operating partner NEC on board the capital is assured a pipeline of the world’s greatest entertainment talent."  

The response to the proposals has also been well received by event and concert promoters. Dave McGeachan from Scottish concert promoter, DF Concerts, said "These days it is rare that a capital city doesn’t have an arena, so this is a long awaited and positive addition to the Scottish entertainment market."  

 LLD is currently in discussion with several parties to secure funding for the development phase of the project. Over the coming months LLD and the NEC Group will be working closely to progress the proposals to full scheme design stage and to carry out a series of public consultations.

  

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