Eagles to ‘speed’ through Vertu Motors Arena


Vertu Motors Arena naming rights Image: Vertu Motors Arena & neconnected.co.uk

In a five-year deal struck, Vertu Motors plc, the Gateshead (UK)-based motor retail group, has acquired the naming rights to the Eagles Community Arena in Newcastle.

‘Vertu Motors plc’ stated that the purpose-built community, events and sports arena in England, which is home to the Newcastle Eagles basketball club, the most successful British Basketball team of all times, and the award-winning Eagles Community Foundation, will now be known as the Vertu Motors Arena.

The Eagles Community Arena (now Vertu Motors Arena) is a multipurpose built sports arena in the Elswick area of the City of Newcastle, England. The arena has a seating capacity for 3,000 spectators and is home to the Newcastle Eagles.

The Newcastle Eagles are a professional basketball team based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Playing in the top-tier British Basketball League and holding the franchise for Tyne & Wear, they are the most successful team in the League’s history.

Vertu Motors PLC is a car dealership group based in the United Kingdom, which was established in November 2006. It is listed on the Alternative Investment Market.

The deal will see signage featuring the Vertu Motors name added to the Scotswood Road venue’s exterior, as well as new branding throughout the popular destination, which will be seen by scores of people visiting the City and watching British Basketball League games live.

‘Vertu Motors plc’ added that apart from being an avant-garde venue for top-notch men’s and women’s basketball, the venue, which is owned and operated by the charity foundation (Eagles Community Foundation), is a community and education hub with flexible spaces to host a wide range of business, entertainment and sporting events – ranging from meetings, conferences and weddings across its hospitality spaces up to large-scale exhibitions and events in its multipurpose arena with capacity crowds of up to 3,000 people.

As part of the arena’s firmly rooted commitment to its local area and the community on which it sits, since the start of the pandemic it has also been employed as a COVID-19 testing center, a base for food and sporting activity pack distribution and most recently it became the region’s biggest vaccination center with up to 5,000 jabs being administered on site over a weekend.

Vertu Motors has a longstanding relationship with both the club and the charity. The region’s most successful sports team’s staff and players drive an iconic fleet of cars from the arena’s neighboring Vertu Motors Honda dealership, which extended its support further into developing future generations of basketball players by sponsoring teams of young players participating in one of the Foundation’s outreach programs.

Robert Forrester, Chief Executive, Vertu Motors plc, exulted, “We are delighted to have our name above the door on this important events, sporting and community venue. The Vertu Motors Arena is a standout landmark in the City, which is visited not only by sports fans but businesses and local people and to have our name associated with it is an excellent opportunity for the business.”

Added Forrester, “The Arena is a hub for the local area, and we are proud to have the chance to support the valuable work the Foundation does and the many community initiatives that make the Arena a genuine community asset. Newcastle Eagles are an iconic sports team in the North East and one we are already working in partnership with and to extend that collaboration is extremely exciting.”

Sam Blake, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eagles Community Foundation, stated, “It’s fantastic to have such an incredible investment from Vertu Motors for the future of the Foundation, this venue and our community. The past 12 months have been a tough road to walk for all of us, so we hope this news brings a much-needed boost and a smile to all of our Eagles families, friends and volunteers.”

Added Blake, “We know everyone is looking forward to the return of sport, leisure, education, and events over the coming months and we can’t wait to welcome it all to our newly renamed Vertu Motors Arena.”

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