Gladiators top-of-the-range arena CGIs


Glasgow based Caledonia Gladiators new temporary venue Image: Caledonia Gladiators

Caledonia Gladiators, Scotland’s (UK) only pro basketball franchise, has unveiled images of how its new multimillion-pound stadium will look – with less than a month left before the first game in the club’s new home.

‘CALEDONIA GLADIATORS’ stated that the BBL Trophy winners have released a range of computer-generated imageries (CGIs) of the top-of-the-range arena based at the PlaySport Scotland leisure complex in East Kilbride, Glasgow, UK.

The Caledonia Gladiators are a professional basketball club in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. The Gladiators compete in the British Basketball League (BBL), the top tier of British basketball. From 2023, the team will play their home games at the Playsport Arena in East Kilbride, Glasgow, UK.

The Playsport Arena is a proposed two-stage sports and entertainment arena under construction in East Kilbride, Scotland (UK). The main arena will have a seating capacity for 6,000 spectators.

Leicester (UK)-based the British Basketball League (BBL) is a men’s professional basketball league in Great Britain and represents the highest level of play in the countries. The league is contested by 10 teams from England and Scotland. There are no clubs from Wales or Northern Ireland.

In the short term, a temporary arena with capacity for 1,800 spectators will be constructed within the original footprint to allow the Gladiators’ team to move to the site for the start of the 2023-2024 seasons. It is then expected the full 6,000-capacity arena development will be completed by 2026.

The images of the 1,600-seater temporary arena include artist’s impressions of the club’s new court and Saltire-branded stands.

‘CALEDONIA GLADIATORS’ further stated that the CGIs also offer a glimpse of the new fan zone, which has seated eating areas for supporters and big screen TVs showing the courtside action.

It comes as excitement builds at the club ahead of its first match at the stadium on October 5th, when the men’s team host the Surrey Scorchers in the BBL. The women’s first game will take place on October 22nd against Durham Palatinates in the Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL).

The Caledonia Gladiators (Women) are a professional women’s basketball team based in East Kilbride, Scotland, UK. Formerly known as Caledonia Pride, they are the first and currently only women’s professional basketball team in Scotland, competing in the Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL). The Playsport Arena will also serve as their home ground.

The Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) is the top-level women’s basketball league in Great Britain, founded on June 5th, 2014 as the women’s counterpart to the British Basketball League (BBL). The league’s headquarters are in Leicester alongside the offices of the men’s BBL.

The stadium renovation will be finished in the coming weeks and is the first stage of a £20 million stadium project – the largest single investment in Scottish basketball history.

Work will then begin on developing the main project, a new state-of-the-art purpose-built 6,000-seater arena and practice and community facility.

The work has been funded by the leading businessman Steve Timoney and wife Alison, owners of the club.

Stated Steve Timoney, “We’re really proud of how the new stadium is coming together and pleased to be able to share CGIs with supporters showing how impressive it will look once completed. It’s a hugely exciting time, with a hive of activity at the club as the final touches are put on the arena, and everyone can’t wait for fans to experience the new stadium in the flesh next month. We’re confident PlaySport will be one of the finest basketball facilities in Europe once the final project is completed, and this stadium is a key part of those plans.”

Caledonia Gladiators Men’s Head Coach Gareth Murray, who recently signed a three-year contract extension, said, “It’s fantastic to have our own arena, and the CGIs show how great it’s going to look when we play our first game here in a month’s time. Having a new base where both the men’s and women’s teams can train and play is so important to the club and its ambitions. We’re now really looking forward to building on our BBL Trophy Final success at our new home.”

Added Miguel Angel Ortega Marco, Caledonia Gladiators Women’s Head Coach, “Having our own stadium and training facilities is fundamental to the continued growth of the women’s game. The complex will be fantastic once it’s finished, as the images show, and we’re all looking forward to welcoming the people of East Kilbride and beyond to our games across the season.”

The club has ambitious plans for the next stage of the project, including aims to ultimately make its arena the home of Team GB.

With the development of a world-class training academy, the Gladiators aim to welcome young players from across Scotland and around the globe to its state-of-the-art gym facilities, accommodation area and physio suites.

Talks are also underway to see the facility used for music concerts and conferences, filling the gap in the wider Glasgow area for mid-to-large-sized arenas.

The CGIs were produced by architects Holmes Miller, who will continue to work with the Gladiators in the coming months on the second stage of the club’s arena.

Glasgow (UK)-based Holmes Miller is a design practice rich in history filled with a passionate and enthusiastic team delivering excellence in architecture and interior design.

Said Ethan Kennedy, Architect at Holmes Miller, “Basketball is a rapidly growing sport in the United Kingdom and the Caledonia Gladiators have grand ambitions for their new home as a center for Scottish basketball. We have been working tirelessly in partnership with the club to help bring these aspirations to fruition as quickly as possible. Through Holmes Miller’s extensive experience in sports architecture, and our work alongside event venues such as the 14,300-capacity SEC Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, we have been able to develop creative solutions in reusing the existing vacant spaces of Playsport. The team is especially proud of the new fan zone space that will be unique to this type and scale of venue and will offer an excellent fan experience and added value to the club.”

Caledonia Gladiators won their first silverware in two decades last season when they clinched the BBL Trophy Final in dramatic fashion, with a three-point shot on the buzzer winning the club the trophy 73-70.

The club are the focus of the new sports documentary series ‘Ballers: Ball or Nothing’, which followed the club across the course of last season and will debut on BBC Scotland later this year, and later will be available on BBC Three.

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