Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BELLE VUE REVVED UP FOR A NEW ERA ER ; Opening of Information Centre Is Latest Stage in Aces'regeneration

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BELLE VUE REVVED UP FOR A NEW ERA ER ; Opening of Information Centre Is Latest Stage in Aces'regeneration

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SPEEDWAY in Manchester is but a year away from a new era and the Eastlands Regeneration Scheme has hit a new milestone with the opening of the Belle Vue Information Centre in Gorton. Housed just off Kirkmanshulme Lane, the centre overlooks the site of the new Pounds 12 million Belle Vue Sports Village, at the heart of which lies the National Speedway Stadium.

Contractors ISG, who have been tasked with building the new home of the Rentruck Aces, will begin their excavations of the Pounds 6.75 million venue in early January.

The build, which includes two 3G all-weather pitches, a new basketball performance centre and complete refurbishment of the existing leisure centre, is expected to last twelve months.

The centre is a focal point of information on all aspects of the project, boasting a vast array of technical drawings and documents detailing how the enterprise will evolve.

And in addition to a number of marketing initiatives set up by Belle Vue, details of the many business and employment opportunities within the complex will also be available.

British Speedway Promoter's Association chairman Alex Harkess opened the centre earlier this week.

He said: "This is a big day for both Belle Vue and Manchester, but this project has a much wider scope as it's something British speedway has been in desperate need of for some time.

"It's not only a brand new beginning for the Aces; it's the national stadium for speedway in this country and will be the epicentre of the sport in the UK.

"Every level of this development, everything about this stadium, is very positive, from the academy right up to its capacity to stage the highest levels of international racing.

"We want youngsters to W come here to train, we want the worlds best to come here to race and we hope to attract riders from other motorcycle disciplines into Speedway. …

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