Winter Sports Village for Cardiff Bay

Tuesday, 15th November 2011
  Cardiff County Council is looking to complete the final stage of its International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay within five years and is advertising for a partner to develop the Winter Sports facilities to include a skating rink and indoor ski slope.   The successful bidder will be invited to enter into a development agreement with the council for the development, funding and operation of the facilities which will also include shops, restaurants and two hotels as well as a multi-storey car park.   The ski slope and snow facility must have a minimum 150m main run and 30m beginners’ slope, a real-snow play area for children, and a leisure ice pad and the skating rink should be an arena capable of holding national and international events, with seating for 3,000 spectators. It would be the home of the Cardiff Devils ice hockey team and be built as the first phase of the development by August 2013.   The news follows Cardiff being named as European Capital of Sport 2014 by the European Capitals of Sports Association (ACES). The Welsh Capital has firmly established itself as a leading city for sport, offering state of the art stadiums and facilities including the Millennium Stadium, SWALEC Stadium and Cardiff International Sport Stadium as well as stages 1 and 2 of the International Sports Village which include an Olympic Swimming Pool, a White Water Sports Center and the new Surf Simulator.   The council had previously struck a £5m deal with Planet Ice to deliver the arena but this was scrapped in July amid funding concerns.