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Midland's first indoor velodrome opens next month

Derby City Council have announced the Derby Arena will open on 20th March. It will be followed by 30 days of events to 'unwrap' the Arena to the public. There will be sporting awards, tours, track cycling and badminton sessions and “have a go” sessions.

Inside the velodrome Credit: ITV News Central

Facilities on offer at the Arena include:

  • 250m indoor cycle track suitable for individual, club, school, group and business track sessions, track leagues, and local, regional, national and international track events. The cycle track itself is made out of Siberian Spruce and designed by Velotrack.
  • An indoor sports-hall the size of 13 badminton courts, suitable for activities such as badminton, netball, futsall and volleyball.
  • A cyclist’s 'D' area in the infield, track bike storage, track bike hire and a bike workshop.
  • A state of art 140-station gym, two exercise studios and indoor cycling studio offering a weekly programme of classes.
  • Meeting and hospitality rooms available for hire.
  • A café and a bar.
  • Fixed seating for 1500 people.
  • Fully accessible changing rooms.

Derby Arena to receive 'Best New Build of 2014' award

Derby Arena is to be presented with the Brighter City of Derby award for Best New Build of 2014, after the venue was praised by judges for making "an important statement" about the city's sporting ambitions.

The arena also houses a sports hall and gym Credit: ITV News Central

Described as “bold, striking and ambitious”, the judges also commented on the the building's "imposing position" next to the city’s football stadium.

The Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Shiraz Khan, will present the award at the annual meeting of Derby Civic Society later today.

Derby Arena is one of the most stunning sports venues in the country, clad in beautiful Olympic colours.

I’m absolutely delighted that the Derby Civic Society has selected Derby Arena for this prestigious award recognising our ambitious plans to deliver on the London 2012 Legacy.

Derby people can be extremely proud of this amazing new building and all the sporting and cultural activities it will bring to the city.

– Councillor Alison Martin, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture

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Watch: Derby velodrome construction nearly complete

Construction of the cycle track velodrome at the new Derby Arena is nearly complete, just five weeks after work on it begun.

The track will be fully completed by the end of the week. Plans are now being finalised for a special ceremony to mark the moment when the Arena doors open to the general public next year.

Cycle track almost finished at new Derby Arena

Work on the track only started five weeks ago Credit: ITV News Central

They only started building it five weeks ago, but already the cycling track at the new Derby Arena is almost finished.

The track will form the focal point of the building which as well as a sports centre, will double up as a concert venue.

The track will be fully completed by the end of the week Credit: ITV News Central

The track is made from Siberian spruce, and all the planks together would stretch from Derby to Leicester.

At its steepest points it slopes down at a 42% angle. And all held together by a total of 265,000 nails.

Cycling legend, Sir Bradley Wiggins, has already said he would like to use the track to set a world record, so precision engineering is vital.

VIDEO: Derby's new £27m velodrome takes shape

Derby's new £27million velodrome is beginning to take shape. This video shows the latest building works taking place on the new "Derby Arena" which is due to open in November.

Once complete the stadium will have seating for 1500 people and space for a further 2500-3000 people to stand for concerts will also be available in the middle of the arena.