Gleneagles to invest £650k in new arena

The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland has announced plans to open a 2,500 square-metre event space in spring 2015, dubbed The Gleneagles Arena.

A visualisation of The Gleneagles Arena
A visualisation of The Gleneagles Arena

The venue will form part of the hotel’s Activity School complex within the 850-acre estate. It will host events for between 500 and 2,000 guests, targeting event planners of product launches, concerts and exhibitions.

Plans for the new space include a combined reception and retail area, 650 viewing seats and a dedicated access route from the car park.

Currently an equestrian arena, The Gleneagles Arena project will represent a £650,000 investment in transforming the venue. The space will also include a four court indoor tennis centre, while the hotel will continue to run equestrian coaching sessions in the area.

Stuart Smith, Gleneagles’ director of events and leisure, said: "After celebrating our 90th anniversary and hosting the Ryder Cup, this has been one of the most memorable years in Gleneagles’ history, and we are delighted that we’ll be able to keep the momentum going in 2015 with the launch of this fantastic new events space. It’s going to be an amazing blank canvas for all kinds of events, from car launches, to concerts to foodie extravaganzas.

"With 232 bedrooms, fourteen function rooms and a wide range of leisure activities, Gleneagles already attracts some really high-profile, exciting events. The Gleneagles Arena will simply take us to the next level, meaning we can handle larger groups, and hopefully stage many more world-class events in the coming years."

News of the project comes after Gleneagles invested £5m in a refurbishment of its club and £250,000 in a revamp of its flagship conference venue, The Gleneagles Suite, earlier this year.

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