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Riverside Sports Arena Officially Opens!

Riverside Sports Arena Official Opening Event

Councillors and guests visited the new Riverside Sports Arena at Craigie in Ayr yesterday (Monday 6 February) for its official opening event.

Depute Provost Mary Kilpatrick cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the much-anticipated sport and athletics facility. She was joined by Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Martin Dowey, former Leader of South Ayrshire Council Douglas Campbell, and other local councillors. Local sporting groups, clubs and organisations were also in attendance alongside special guest Team GB athlete Callum Hawkins, who is the Scottish record holder for the marathon.

The £8.5m Council project features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor sporting facilities including an eight lane, 400m running track; a six lane, 60m indoor running track; a field events area; and a 3G all-weather pitch, along with fully accessible changing areas and a café.

Councillor Brian Connolly, Sport and Leisure Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "It's fantastic to come back and see the completed arena- which is extremely impressive! This is another Sports facility to add to our Portfolio and will allow athletes in South Ayrshire to train and compete at the highest level.  We look forward to welcoming events and competitions to the stadium."