Plans for new arena in Dundee

There are plans for a new 10,000 capacity new arena in Dundee city centre. Photos of the proposed site.

Plans for new arena in Dundee

Plans have been announced to develop the bingo hall in Dundee city centre and the adjacent Yeaman Shore car park into a 10,000 seater arena with a 70-room hotel, bars and restaurants.

Plans for new arena in Dundee

Developer Enterprise already has the option to develop site 2, as the bingo hall’s lease expires in the next few years. It makes sense to combine the two adjacent sites. The arena would have 3,000 seats or 4,500 people standing on the ground level and 5,500 seats on the upper levels.

Plans for new arena in Dundee
Its capacity would be lower than the Hydro in Glasgow (13,000) and P&J Live in Aberdeen (15,000). However, it has a great central location in the city centre.
Plans for new arena in Dundee

It would have extensive public transport links with many local buses stopping close by, Dundee Railway Station just across the road and even a direct bus link to Edinburgh Airport.

Plans for new arena in Dundee

The estimated cost of the new design is £60m – £70m and would be ready in about five years. Therefore any large music gigs in Dundee will be al fresco in Slessor Gardens until 2027.

Plans for new arena in Dundee

This area will see some changes with the BT office building just on the other side of the road (behind Gouchos) and the 3,500 seater eSports arena on the other side of Slessor Gardens.

Plans for new arena in Dundee

There had been plans to adapt the former cinema now bingo hall into a 6,375 capacity arena and develop the Yeaman Shore car park (site 2) into Studio Dundee. This was to be series of seven-storey buildings with retail units, a café, offices and apartments. However, work was not started on site 2 in the spring of 2019, and the “temporary” car park is still in use.

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