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Old October 1st, 2016, 11:52 AM   #41
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It looks like a bunker

Something more elegant and inspired by industrial heritage would have fitted better at that end of town.

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Yeah it's not the prettiest of buildings, considering Esh are a corporate sponsor, would have thought they'd design something more aesthetically pleasing.

However, the above building was built in 1928 as a basketball arena and is National Historic Landmark (US version of a listed building); they'd never building something like that now, even in the US.
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Old October 2nd, 2016, 09:38 AM   #43
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true... it's too large for a start, but certain elements such are a brick facade and incorporating graceful arches or steel-work would have been a lovely homage to the areas industrial history.

Here is a modern example, built in 2006


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The resources available to major American sports "franchises"... ugh...
are going to be vastly more than a basketball team in the UK which is a minor sport here.
By the way this is a Newcastle Metro Area discussion forum, not an American buildings forum.
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Old October 8th, 2016, 07:36 PM   #45
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The resources available to major American sports "franchises"... ugh...
are going to be vastly more than a basketball team in the UK which is a minor sport here.
By the way this is a Newcastle Metro Area discussion forum, not an American buildings forum.
I think posting photos of precedents is still entirely "on topic", whether they're seen as realistic or not.
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Old October 9th, 2016, 02:10 AM   #46
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The resources available to major American sports "franchises"... ugh...
are going to be vastly more than a basketball team in the UK which is a minor sport here.
Yes - interestingly NBA arenas [?] seem to have a very narrow range of capacities, save for New Orleans they re all in the 17 -20k range with most in the high 18s to 20k+. I assume they are sell out.

In contrast British venues seem to range from 500 - 7000 [London]. Most seem to fall into the 1-3k capacity
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Old October 9th, 2016, 03:48 AM   #47
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Yes - interestingly NBA arenas [?] seem to have a very narrow range of capacities, save for New Orleans they re all in the 17 -20k range with most in the high 18s to 20k+. I assume they are sell out.



In contrast British venues seem to range from 500 - 7000 [London]. Most seem to fall into the 1-3k capacity
A lot of newer stadiums have duel/multiple uses. For example the Lucas Oil stadium in Indiana which is primarily an American football stadium can also host Basketball, and I believe it is scheduled to host some big NBA events.
As it happens the Lucas oil stadium is my favourite new build stadium, the facade is something I could only dream of NUFC having.

Anyway as has been said in America, basketball is very much a major sport, over here it has a limited audience and falls behind many other sports in the peking order. It is a shame the facade of the current proposals don't appear to be anything special, hopefully though that is something that can change in future, or will turn out better than we hoped.
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Old October 12th, 2016, 05:17 PM   #48
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2016/0981/01/DET | Erection of a basketball hall, training and competition venue with up to 2,800 capacity spectator seating, changing facilities and player's gym facility; ancillary offices, teaching accommodation and meeting rooms; hospitality area, shop and cafe/kitchen; provision of 298 car parking spaces, cycle parking and coach drop off; realignment and extension of Nesham Street to provide access into the site; and associated hard and soft landscaping works | Bounded By Sctotswood Road, Clumber Street, Park Road And Westmoorland Road Forer Residental Site Tower Blocks Known As The Willows, The Beeches And The Poplars
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Proposal Erection of a basketball hall, training and competition venue with up to 2,800 capacity spectator seating, changing facilities and player's gym facility; ancillary offices, teaching accommodation and meeting rooms; hospitality area, shop and cafe/kitchen; provision of 298 car parking spaces, cycle parking and coach drop off; realignment and extension of Nesham Street to provide access into the site; and associated hard and soft landscaping works
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Old November 27th, 2017, 05:44 PM   #49
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Eagles Basketball - Cruddas Park

Going along Scotswood Road today the whole area round the Basketball Arena is fenced off so maybe the groundwork is now under way.

Basketball is going to be televised on the BBC starting with the Eagles in a few Fridays time.
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Old November 27th, 2017, 07:28 PM   #50
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maybe the groundwork is now under way.
The plan was to start work on the 13th of this month.
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Old November 28th, 2017, 11:36 AM   #51
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Fencing has been up 3 or 4 weeks now, and the trees were largely felled about 2 weeks ago. The past 10 days some 'harder' grounder works have begun, it seems...
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Old November 29th, 2017, 04:33 PM   #52
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'This is going to change everything' - Newcastle Eagles break ground on new Elswick arena

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...astle-13971004
'This is going to change everything' - Newcastle Eagles break ground on new Elswick arena
Mike Fuller 29 November 2017


Ceremony to mark the start of construction of the new Newcasle Eagles' base off Scotswood Road (Image: newcastle chronicle)

Newcastle Eagles’ new purpose-built arena will be “life-changing” for the club and the community.

Work has begun on a 2,800 seat stadium off Scotswood Road in Elswick. The Cruddas Park site will soon provide a facility for use by schools and junior clubs, not just for basketball.

Player/coach Fab Flournoy hailed its potential to make a difference on and off the court. Flournoy said: “It’s a life-changing moment here. For the sport, for myself, for the club and for the community. Having our own purpose-built venue is just going to change everything we do and how we do it. It’s going to bring everything in house. We will be able to tap into grass-roots sport and we’ll be able to impact the community more.” The Eagles legend also hailed its potential for hosting tournaments and events, as well as allowing the club to compete in European competition.

Flournoy’s side, who are currently top of the British Basketball League, have rented Northumbria University’s Sport Central since 2010. They hope to move into their new home in October 2018.

Newcastle City Council deputy leader Joyce McCarty said: “We’ve been trying to support the Eagles in pulling this together for many years. I think today is a really important next step. It will take about a year to build, but what a fantastic site this will be. It’s all about getting people of all ages involved in activity, which is really key to what we need in the city.”

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Old November 30th, 2017, 12:09 PM   #53
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This report is from NEWCASTLE EAGLES own Website . . .

Building For The Future
By Dan Black, Newcastle Eagles News, 29th November 2017



We are pleased to announce that work has begun on a brand new, purpose-built community sports arena as the new multi-million pound home for the Eagles Community Foundation (ECF). The state-of-the-art venue will house our award winning North East charity and host the region’s most successful sports team, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle). It is anticipated that more than 11,000 people will be engaged in sport during the facility’s first year. And more than 1,000 disabled users will be encouraged to play sport annually at the arena – based at Riverside Dene in Elswick, reflecting the ECF’s commitment to deliver recreation and education opportunities to the wider community.

The new venue will provide a home for the ECF and enable it to develop its current player pathway structure under one roof whilst also providing educational routes and workforce development.


Proposed elevations of the Newcastle Eagles Community Arena

The move to the 2,800-seater venue will allow the most successful franchise in British basketball history to pursue its long-term dream of competing on the European stage. Breaking ground on the new project brings to fruition a long-term partnership between ECF and the City Council, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP), Sport England and Newcastle College.
“This has been several years in the planning but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel,” revealed Eagles’ Managing Director Paul Blake, who celebrated 20 years with the club earlier this year. "We have been immersed in this project day and night for as long as I can remember and to reach the point where we can begin work on our new home is incredibly exciting. It marks the beginning of a brand new era for Newcastle Eagles and Eagles Community Foundation and I know that everyone at the Eagles shares my keen sense of anticipation.

Sport England’s Director of Property Charles Johnston said: “We’re delighted to support the creation of Newcastle Eagles new sports arena using money raised by National Lottery players. In addition to being a home for the Eagles, it will provide a venue for the Eagles Community Foundation (ECF) to help thousands of people across the region get more active. Sport England have been working with the Eagles to make sure there are plenty of appealing grassroots sports opportunities on offer for people of all ages and abilities, including facilities that will make it easy for disabled people to get active.“

Works starts in earnest this week and Newcastle Eagles and the Eagles Community Foundation are looking forward to a bright future in the Arena.

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Old February 1st, 2018, 08:40 PM   #55
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Drove past earlier today, the steels are now up.
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Old February 4th, 2018, 08:34 PM   #56
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Community Arena, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle - pictures 04/02/18 Part 1 of 2



Following the above tip off from AlexRowan of work taking place

Some pictures by myself (over 2 posts) taken Sunday 04/02/18 around 1000 to show progress being made on Community Arena, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle

Lot of earthworks have been carried out and steel frame now taking shape

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Pictures, most with compact camera lens through mesh perimeter fence, starting from south east corner, Scotswood Rd, then clockwise around perimeter of site





















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Community Arena, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle - pictures 04/02/18 Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2

Some pictures by myself (over 2 posts) taken Sunday 04/02/18 around 1000 to show progress being made on Community Arena, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle

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Community Arena, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle - pictures 17/02/18 Part 1 of 2

Following up on posts #56 - 57

Some further pictures by myself (over 2 posts) taken Saturday 17/02/18 around 0915 - 0930 to show progress being made on Community Arena, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle

Lot of earthworks have been carried out and steel frame now well advanced

Main Contractor, Esh Group

Pictures, including with compact camera lens through mesh perimeter fence, starting from south east corner, Scotswood Rd, then clockwise around perimeter of site

From south side of Scotswood Rd



















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Community Arena, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle - pictures 17/02/18 Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2

Some further pictures by myself (over 2 posts) taken Saturday 17/02/18 around 0915 - 0930 to show progress being made on Community Arena, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle

View from Clumber St looking east across site area









Looking south from footpath in park area





From north east corner of site







View from Riverside Dene flats area



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Community Arena, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle - pictures 11/03/18 Part 1 of 2

Following up on posts #58 - 57 these 3rd set of progress pictures

3 weeks since last posting some further pictures by myself (over 2 posts) taken Sunday 11/03/18 around 1000 - 1030 to show progress being made on Community Arena, Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle

Steel frame now well advanced

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From south side of Scotswood Rd, heading west





















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