A huge new ice arena is set to become the latest addition to the ongoing TraffordCity development.

Peel Waters has agreed terms with property investment company ICITIES to develop the brand-new ice arena, with ICITIES securing a major pre-let for Planet Ice to bring their award-winning ice-leisure offering to the area. 

The TraffordCity ice arena will be Planet Ice’s biggest venue in the UK and their 15th arena in total. The purpose-built facility will feature a state-of-the-art ice rink, which will also convert into a multi-use event space.

Situated next to the Chill Factore and iFLY, the 3-acre development will be located on the former Soccer Dome site which was cleared by Peel Waters last year in preparation for future leisure developments.

More details and images of the proposed venue will be released closer to the planning submission, which will also include plans for several varied and inclusive onsite food and drink offerings, including grab & go options, a family dining restaurant and a ‘high-end sports bar.’

The ICITIES deal follows on from the recent announcement of Tartan Leisure being brought in by Peel Waters to deliver the first inland surf destination in the North of England which will also be located at TraffordCity.

Nick Payne, Director of ICITIES said: “This marks our first major project and our vision to develop best-in-class sports and leisure Stadiums and Arenas in the UK. We already enjoy a strong partnership with Planet Ice, and ice skating will be the cornerstone of many of our projects like this one at TraffordCity.

“This arena will be our showcase and we hope to attract other allied sports and entertainment operators to this project. Where we can, we would like to include facilities that educate and entertain children and the wider communities.

“Across the UK, there is a general lack of first-rate facilities for many event space operators, like virtual reality, Esports, racket sports as well as screening and live entertainment. This project at TraffordCity, like many others we plan to develop, will address this need.

“We are delighted to have signed this groundbreaking deal with Peel Waters within the neighbourhood they have created at TraffordCity which is a perfect mix of sports and leisure. We hope our development will add to the community and be a significant addition to TraffordCity which is already a world-class retail and leisure destination.”

The estimated build time of the ice-arena and event space will be approximately 12-15 months once the team starts on site.  

Brad Lengden
Published on:
Wed 10 Jan 2024