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The Braehead Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The arena was built in 1999, and is located within the Braehead Complex. The arena was formerly the home of the Scottish Eagles ice hockey club and is now the home to the expansion Glasgow Clan ice hockey team of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Braehead Arena
Entrance to Braehead Arena.jpg
Entrance to Braehead Arena (2007)
LocationRenfrewshire, Scotland
Coordinates55°52′34″N 4°21′53″W / 55.875987°N 4.364843°W / 55.875987; -4.364843Coordinates: 55°52′34″N 4°21′53″W / 55.875987°N 4.364843°W / 55.875987; -4.364843
Ownerintu Braehead
OperatorIntu Properties
Capacity5,200 (ice hockey: 4,000)
Construction
Broke ground1996
Opened28 October 1999[3]
ArchitectBuilding Design Partnership
Project managerHarry Downie[1]
Structural engineerBeattie Watkinson
Services engineerRoberts & Partners
Main contractorsBovis Lend Lease[2]
Tenants
Glasgow Clan (EIHL) (2010–present)
Paisley Pirates (SNL) (2007–present)
Glasgow Rocks (BBL) (2002–2008)
Scottish Eagles (BISL) (2002–2003)
Website
braehead-arena.co.uk

From 2002 to 2008, Braehead Arena was home to Scotland's only professional basketball team, the Scottish Rocks.

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Past & current eventsEdit

 
Photograph showing the ice rink of Braehead Arena

The arena is currently home to two ice hockey teams, Glasgow Clan and Paisley Pirates. It has also hosted a variety of local sporting events and concerts.

Between 1–9 April, it hosted the 2000 Ford World Curling Championships for men and women.

  • The professional wrestling company WWE have used the arena many times for their UK tours, and more recently TNA have utilised the arena.
  • As well as sporting events the arena regularly is host to many entertainment events such as The Singing Kettle, Bratz and Playhouse Disney Live. The arena has also specialised in Ice Shows with both Dancing on Ice and the High School Musical:ICE SHOW having been held at the Arena.[citation needed]
  • The arena are regular host to the Fantazia and Coloursfest Raves (not actual raves) as it attracts audiences of approximately 7,000 clubbers.[citation needed]
  • 2007–2009 Collector's Convention Collectormania
  • Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Magnetic Man will be playing live on 17 December and the event will be covered by BBC Radio 1.

2002Edit

On 8 June, it hosted Ricky Burn's fight against fellow Briton Gary Harrison a minute and a half into the first of four rounds by way of TKO.

On 19 October, it hosted Ricky Burn's fight against fellow Briton Neil Murray and thirty six seconds into the second of four rounds by way of TKO.

On 13 and 14 November, it hosted a concert by Oasis as part of their Heathen Chemistry Tour.

On 19 December, it hosted Pablo Chacón's defence of his WBO Featherweight title against Briton Scott Harrison who beat him on unanimous decision after twelve rounds to become the new champion.

2003Edit

On 4 November, it hosted a concert by Beyoncé as part of her Dangerously in Love Tour.

2004Edit

On 29 October, it hosted Ricky Burn's fight against fellow Brit Jeff Thomas and won on points after four rounds.

2005Edit

On 5 November, it hosted Paul McCloskey's fight against Englishman Billy Smith and won on points after four rounds.

On 11 November, it hosted Amir Khan's third professional fight against fellow Briton Steve Gethin forty nine seconds into the third of four rounds by way of TKO.

2006Edit

Between 7–9 April, It hosted Great Britain's 2006 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round home match against Serbia and Montenegro. The hosts who were seeded were edged out 3–2 by the unseeded visitors and missed out on a place in that years World Group playoff.

2009Edit

2009 Scottish Masters Cup

The arena also played host to Great Britain's home Davis Cup Men's Tennis Tie against Ukraine in March 2009.

On 12 July, it hosted the Glasgow audition stages of the sixth series of the ITV singer search programme The X Factor.

On Saturday 5 December, it hosted the Jocky Wilson Cup.

2010Edit

On 25 September, it hosted a concert by Tiësto as part of his Kaleidoscope World Tour.

On 4 December, it hosted Callum Johnson's fight against Republic of Irishman Tommy Tolan and knocked him out in the first of four rounds. That was followed by Ricky Burns defence of his WBO Super Featherweight title against Norwegian Andreas Evensen and through a unanimous decision after twelve rounds.

2011Edit

On 12 March, it hosted Stephen Simmons professional boxing debut match against fellow Briton Nick Okoth and won 1:36 minutes into the seconds of four rounds by way of TKO. It was followed by James DeGale's tenth professional match which was against Frenchman Alpay Kobal and won 1:37 minutes into the fifth of eight rounds by way of TKO. That was followed by Ricky Burn's defence of his WBO Super Featherweight title against Ghanan Koseph Laryea and won after his opponent retired before the seventh of twelve rounds.

On 14 March, it hosted Callum Johnson's fight against Englishman Jody Meikle and won on points after four rounds.

It played host to two of Great Britain's 2011 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II home matches. Between 8–10 July, it hosted Great Britain's second round match against Luxembourg. The host who were top seeds hammered the unseeded visitors 4–1 and met unseeded Hungary in the third round between 16–18 September and annihilated the visitors 5–0 and won promotion to the Europe/Africa Zone Group I for next year.

On 8 and 9 October, it hosted a Bob Dylan concert as part of his Never Ending Tour 2011.

2012Edit

On 10 March, it hosted Stephen Simmons fourth professional boxing match, this time against Hastings Rasani of Zimbabwe and won with 22 seconds to go in the sixth and final round by way of TKO. That was followed by Ricky Burn's defence of his WBO Super Featherweight title against Namibian Paulus Moses and won on unanimous decision after twelve rounds.

It played host to two of Great Britain's 2012 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I home matches. Between 10–12 February, it hosted Great Britain's first round match against Slovakia. The host who were top unseeded edged out the visitors who were also unseeded 3–2 and met third seeds Belgium in the second round between 6–8 April but were hammered 4–1 and remained in the Europe/Africa Zone Group I for another year.

On 24 and 25 April, it hosted a JLS concert as part of their 4th Dimensions Tour.

On 16 October, it hosted a Kelly Clarkson concert as part of her Stronger Tour.

2014Edit

On 27 June, it hosted Stephen Simmons tenth professional boxing match, this time against Spaniard Wadi Camacho and won 1:01 minutes into the tenth and final round by way of TKO. That was followed by Ricky Burn's fight against Montenegrin Dejan Zlaticanin who beat him on split decision after 12 rounds to win the vacant WBC International Lightweight title.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Super centre is launched by the Clyde". HeraldScotland. 1 October 1999. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Broughton, Tom (15 June 2001). "Bovis Lend Lease sues for £38m over Braehead". Building. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  3. ^ "BRAEHEAD ARENA OPENING GALA". Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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