Anger over 2000 seater arena

British Basketball League Cup champions Leicester Riders could find themselves in a new £2.5 million stadium in time for next season, which is planned at Leicestershire County Cricket club's Grace Road Stadium. But the plans have angered residents.

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Controversial plans for 2000 seater Leicester Riders arena, full report

Controversial plans have been drawn up to build a new arena for the country's most successful basketball team at a cricket ground which is more than 100 years old.

The Leicester Riders need a new base and are joining forces with Leicestershire County Cricket club and Leicester College.

But proposals for the 2000 spectator arena at the Grace Road Stadium is causing anger to those who live nearby. Chris Halpin reports.

Cricket club claims arena will benefit whole community

Mike Siddall, Chief executive of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, says it must think of new ways to make money with dwindling spectator numbers coming to county cricket matches.

He says the new Leicester Riders basketball arena will not only benefit the club financially, but will also be positive for the wider community who will have access to better sports facilities.

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Architects designs for new Leicester Riders arena

Section drawing through the proposed sports arena Credit: Clague Architects

These are the early stage architectural drawings for the proposed new home for the Leicester Riders basketball team.

The £2.5 million building could be built in partnership with Leicester College and Leicestershire County Cricket club by as early as next spring.

First floor plan showing the extendable seating for basketball fixtures - capacity 2000 people Credit: Clague Architects

The building will provide collapsible seating for 2000 spectators for league fixtures, but will turn into a three court community sports arena at other times.

Ground floor plan showing 3 basketball court arrangement when matches aren't being played Credit: Clague Architects

The building will also link in with gym facilities which are already at Grace Road, all of which will be open to the public.

Cricket club boss reassures locals over arena plans

Mike Siddall, Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, has today reassured residents work is being done to mitigate the potential impact of building a new 2000 seater arena for the Leicester Riders basketball team at Grace Road.

Although the plans are in their very early stages, strong local opposition is building from those living nearby, who say they're already plagued by parking problems on match days at the cricket ground.

Residents are considering moving house over Leicester Riders' arena plans

Jenny Goodwin's house is directly behind where a £2.4 million arena could be built at the Grace Road Cricket stadium in Leicester.

She says the development would have a serious impact on her quality of life, and says some of her neighbours are even considering moving away at the prospect of having another sports venue with a capacity of up to 2000 people on their doorstep.

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MP says plans for new Riders stadium are 'exciting'

Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth said the plans for the new Leicester Riders stadium are "very exciting".

Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

"It's good that this is a project which involves younger people, and linking up with the cricket club and Riders is very exciting," he said.

"It will bring money and jobs into this area, so it seems a good idea to me."

Leicester Riders' director says 'new venue is a must'

Proposals for a new 2,000-seat arena for the Leicester Riders have been planned in time for the team's next season.

The £2.5 million stadium will be used as a link-up between the Riders, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Leicester College.

The lease on the team's current home ends at the end of the season, Riders director Kevin Routledge said:

This venue is an absolute must for us, so we are determined to make sure it happens.

We are going to deliver this venue, there are no ifs or buts about it, we will be building this venue here at Grace Road this year. We have to deliver it, it is crucial for the future of Leicester Riders.

Leicester Riders to move to new £2.5 million stadium

Leicester Riders are expecting to move into a new £2.5m stadium next season.

It is hoped the 2,000 seat arena will link-up the Riders, Leicstershire County Cricket Club and Leicester College.

Leicester Riders with their first trophy in 12 years Credit: ITV News Central

The leasing on their current stadium at De Montfort ended at the end of the season leaving them homeless.

Residents near the proposed stadium are concerned about potential noise pollution and constant traffic on match-days.

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