Thursday, 26 April 2012
The Worcester Wolves basketball team paid a visit to the site of their new home ahead of their play-offs clash this weekend.
The Wolves visited the Worcester Arena, which is currently under construction, to get their ‘first feel’ and to see where they will be playing next year.
Director of Basketball Paul James said: “It’s fantastic to see how the Arena is developing. We are very much looking forward to its completion and to making it our new home and playing in front of 2000 spectators.”
Wolves ended the regular season in third place and take on the Cheshire Jets over two legs in the quarter-finals. Jets finished sixth and will visit the University of Worcester for the first leg on Saturday (tickets will be available on the door) before the return clash at Chester’s Northgate Arena on Sunday.
The winners are due to face Leicester or Sheffield Sharks in the semi-finals the following weekend.
The £15m Arena, in Hylton Road, is due to open in early 2013 and will be the first British purpose-built facility for wheelchair athletes, outside Stoke Mandeville.
Professor David Green, University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, said: “We are delighted that construction work of the Arena is on budget and on schedule.
“The Arena will provide a first-class facility for both able and disabled athletes and children from early next year. Building the Arena now is also providing much needed jobs in construction. Once it opens it will generate many new jobs in sport, recreation and education.”