Derry dentist and Everest mountaineer Hannah Shields was the first in the line today at the opening of the new Foyle Arena.
The new leisure centre will be a Centre of Excellence for wall climbing, judo and wrestling with a 2,000 person capacity events space. It also has a huge 25 metre competition swimming pool, children’s pool and fitness suite.
The build has cost a whopping £12m and taken 18 months to construct.
Mayor Colr. Elisha McCallion, said it was an historic day for the City and District putting the area on the map in terms of a sports and events facility of regional scale and significance.
She said “The Foyle Arena is a hugely impressive centre and a fantastic resource for the people of the city and region. The official opening to the public today is a hugely exciting occasion for everyone involved and we are extremely proud to offer these world class facilities to the public. The project was made possible thanks to major funding from Derry City Council and the Department for Social Development.
“This has ensured that the Foyle Arena will also be a permanent venue for cultural, entertainment and commercial events.”
Karen McFarland, Director of Health and Community with Derry City and Strabane District Council, said the new Foyle Arena represented a significant investment in leisure and health provision for the city and region.
Barry O’Hagan Head of Sport, Leisure and Community Development added: “The Foyle Arena will open Monday to Friday from 06.30 am to 10.00pm and from 9am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. We are currently in the process of announcing details of a number of exciting programmes, classes and activities to cater for a wide range of users. For those interested in finding out more about the Foyle Arena and what it has to offer, visit www.foylearena.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 71 376555
Gym memberships are available from £25.
A one-off workout costs £4.
Swimming for adults is £2.50 (peak) and £1.90 (off peak.
A children’s swim is £1.90 (peak) and £1.45 (off peak).
Swimming is free for under 5s and over 65s.
The health suite and pool is free for over 65s. Swimming and health suite are included in all gym membership packages.