Essex Sport

Essex Sport Arena

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The £12 million Essex Sport Arena is an innovative, multi-purpose space, available for sporting events, conferences, exhibitions, trade and craft shows, celebrations, weddings, dance events, entertainment or any other large-scale event.

The main arena has 2,076m2 of floor space (60m x 34.6m) and seating for up to 1,655 people. It can be sub-divided into five separate spaces, giving full flexibility to suit your event. On the first floor there is a 150m2 (25m x 6m) function room, bar and lounge area, ideal for hosting drinks’ receptions and smaller meetings.

The arena is set in over 200 acres of beautiful parkland, within the University of Essex, Colchester Campus, and has the luxury, 4* hotel, Wivenhoe House, within the grounds. There is on-site parking, is easily accessible by car, train and bus, and just one hour from London and Stansted Airport.

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20 courts including; 3 basketball, 3 volleyball, 3 netball, 8 badminton, 2 futsal
Plug and play 8-speaker sound system
Fully fitted kitchen and on-site catering service
Dynamik sprung floor
LED lighting with scene setting functionality
Spectator seating for up to 1,655 people
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Essex Sport Arena
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Arena Hire

Key features

  • 20 courts:
  • 3 basketball courts*
  • 3 volleyball courts (or 4 practice courts)*
  • 3 netball courts*
  • 8 badminton courts
  • 2 futsal courts

*Floor markings on court

  • Spectator seating for up to 1,655 people
  • Dynamik sprung floor
  • Schelde dual-tube, height adjustable drop down goals, with an additional two pairs of drop down goals with shot clocks on centre court
  • Schelde SuperSam 325 Fiba Level 1 rollout goals with shot clocks
  • Stramatel scoreboard with programmable team names, player numbers and individual foul indicators on centre court, plus smaller Stramatel score boards on other courts
  • LED lighting which can be set for individual courts. Centre court offers up to 2,500 Lux, suitable for super-slow motion in HDTV
  • Wall-mounted, four-camera performance analysis system, which can livestream matches in HD
  • Plug and play 8-speaker sound system and hand-held microphones that play over the speaker system
  • Dynamik Helsinki 10-10 loor and Haro sports wall system
  • Courtside sports therapy and rehabilitation rooms
  • Four large team changing rooms and two officials’ changing rooms.
  • 150m2 bar and lounge area
  • Bar and lounge area
  • Fully fitted kitchen and on-site catering service
  • Free wi-fi
  • Ample on-site parking
  • Luxury, 4* hotel, Wivenhoe House, within the grounds

Sporting events

The Essex Sport Arena is a competition and spectator venue, built to international sporting standards. It offers 20 courts, including basketball, volleyball, netball, badminton and futsal; with seating for up to 1,655 spectators. The arena and entertainment areas can be hired by regional, national or international sporting teams.

The main arena is ideal for staging televised sporting events, offering an integrated sound system, LED lighting, and a performance analysis system, which can be live-streamed in HD. Other features include a Dynamik sprung floor; height adjustable drop down and rollout goals, and a customisable scoreboard.

If you’d like to add a drinks’ reception to your event, this can be hosted in one of our entertaining spaces on the first floor; either in our function room or in the bar and lounge area. A fully fitted kitchen and on-site catering is also available.

The Arena is home to the Essex Rebels, Essex Blades, Saracens Mavericks, Tendring Volleyball Club and the Max Whitlock Gymnastic School. The newly formed School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is also located within the Arena.


Multi-purpose event space

The Arena offers 2,076m2 of floor space which can be divided to create up to five smaller spaces, making it ideal for exhibitions, trade shows, craft and bridal fayres, family fun days, car shows, proms, and any other large-scale event.

With seating for up to 1,655, the space is also perfect for entertainment, sporting displays, product launches, company conferences or shows. The arena offers a bar and lounge area, and a separate 150m2 function room. A full kitchen and on-site catering service is also available.

The large foyer provides a versatile registration and reception area, which can be branded to your event. 

Dance space

The Arena event space is perfect for all types of dance events including dancesport, cheerleading, contemporary, tap and Irish dancing. Whether you’re looking for space for rehearsals, workshops, classes, auditions, or photo/film shoots our Arena, with fully sprung floor and optimum acoustic resonance, provides a flexible space to suit your individual requirements.

With seating for up 1,655 people it is also perfect for performances and competitions.

Large-scale weddings

Set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, with one of the largest venue spaces in Essex, and stunning hotel accommodation within the grounds, The Essex Sports Arena is the perfect location for your special day.

The arena is ideal for large-scale weddings, spaciously seating up to 1,000 guests. It offers a separate reception room for arrival drinks, and the flexibility for parties to make use of their own caterers. Consider this versatile space your blank canvas to make entirely your own.

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Simon Lister Business Development Manager
Telephone: 01206 872773