Posted on Thursday 11 June 2015 by Ulster Business

Odyssey arena set for 3m makeover

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell (centre) is pictured at the Odyssey Arena with Odyssey Trust Operations Director Adrian Doyle and Belfast Giants Manager Steve Thornton. 

The body which runs the Odyssey Arena is to upgrade facilities at the venue in a £3m refurbishment.

The Odyssey Trust, a charity responsible for the management and development of the site, said it will be renewing the seating and improving the digital infrastructure in the auditorium.

Work will start in July and the arena will be open again for the Belfast Tattoo on 4th September 2015, followed the next weekend by the first home league game of the season for the Belfast Giants.

Adrian Doyle, Operations Director of the Odyssey Trust, said 2015 will be a busy year for the facility.

“As the arena approaches its 15th birthday it is important for us to re-invest in our facilities and continue to enhance our service offering to customers. The autumn and early winter programme is looking very exciting with a great range of rock and pop, comedy and family shows.

“Sport has played such an important part in the Odyssey story to date it seems fitting that the Arena will host the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in December.”

The arena will also host Belfast’s first major college ice hockey tournament held over Thanksgiving weekend in November.

The event will see four top universities from the prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association play in The Friendship Four, an event that is likely to attract an audience from across the UK, Europe and America.

The Odyssey Arena first opened its doors in 2000 and has welcomed over 8 million visitors across a wide range of high-profile events ranging from concerts and comedy to theatre, family and a multitude of sports.

The Odyssey Trust is responsible for the management and development of the Odyssey site, including the Odyssey Arena and W5 Science & Activity Centre. 

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