New video showcases Derby Arena track construction

Posted: 12/08/2014

Derby Arena track completion

We've published a brand new video showcasing the construction journey of the cycle track that forms the centrepiece of the eagerly-awaited Derby Arena.

Councillor Alison Martin, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said:

“Derby Arena is one of the most stunning sports venues in the country, clad in beautiful Olympic colours. This new video allows the world to see the cycle track take shape, which is the centrepiece of this state- of- the- art facility. Many cyclists will be eagerly waiting their chance to use the track, and thousands of people in and around Derby will be keen to use the other fantastic sporting facilities it provides.”

265,000 nails, 26 miles of wood, 6 weeks

The geometry of the track was designed by a specialist track building company from Germany who also sourced, fabricated and installed the timber to create the track. Planks of wood for the track which, laid end to end, would stretch from Derby to Leicester, came from the Russian pine forests of Siberia.

265,000 nails were hand-driven into the 250 metre track, over a six week construction period. The track has no finish as such other than the coloured painted racing lines.

So much more than a track!

The Arena is scheduled to open early next year and there is much more to the building besides the track. It will host other sports as well as being a 5,000-capacity events venue. The track infield – which is the size of 12 badminton courts – will host other sports including badminton, basketball, netball, wheelchair basketball, volleyball, martial arts, table tennis and trampolining. There will also be a 125-station gym, as well as group exercise studios, a cafe/bar and hospitality.

Recruitment of two key management posts at the Arena - the general manager and the cycle manager – is now underway.

Read more about the Derby Arena on our New Leisure Facilites for Derby page.

Derby Arena track construction

Follow the construction journey of the cycle track that forms the centrepiece of the eagerly-awaited Derby Arena.

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