Frustrations building around Hull’s Airco Arena

Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by KCFM

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The Airco Arena is coming under scrutiny, after local sports clubs were told they’d have to leave by the end of the month.

A petition, attempting to prevent the arena being turned into a 3G pitch for Hull City’s Academy, has now received over 3,500 signatures.

Sports clubs using the centre are concerned they haven’t been given enough warning to find alternative premises and believe there aren’t any other facilities that offer what the Airco Arena does.

There are currently eleven teams using the facility, including: five-a-side football, Yorkshire Jets Netball, Gymnastics, Kingston Panthers Basket Ball, Hulls Angels Roller Dames, New Generation Wrestling, Badminton, Hockey, Volleyball, Parkour and Free Running, Hull High Fliers Trampoline, Electric Eels wheelchair.

Rich Dunn from New Generation Wrestling, says the impact on their club’s television contracts will be huge as they regularly film their events taking place there:

“It’s the best space for us to get as many people in as we need to and film footage that looks as impressive as it is, so the fact that Airco have given us such a short space of time, our next show was planned for May, that’s sort of been pulled out from underneath us.

“There’s nowhere else that’s got a similar space, apart from the ice arena which is too big a step-up for us. So we want to make it look its very best because we have to be at the very peak of our skills to be able to fulfill these TV contracts and get the exposure that we’re getting.”

He told KCFM that the club will not only be losing their venue for hosting events, but they’ll be losing out on lots of investment through organising future events in the year.

Rich explains why so many of the clubs are upset:

“It’s the short notice. It’d be incredibly tough for us even if we were given a decent notice period. We’ve already invested in advertisement and stuff for it with Airco Arena. So the month’s notice seems incredibly unfair and incredibly unorganised.”

Hull City are yet to comment on the situation, but a spokesperson from Hull City Council said in a statement:

“The Council has not yet been consulted upon any proposals, however, it is requesting a meeting of the Community Use Rights Liaison Committee with the Stadium Management Committee to consider how the Stadium Management Company intends to meet its commitment to regular and individual users of the Sports Hall within the Community Use Rights obligations that fall upon the company.

“Hull City Council is working with the affected organisations to try and provide alternative facilities.”

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Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by KCFM

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