Three bidders have come through the first stage of the process to find an operator to run the 12,000 capacity Bristol Arena set to open in 2017. The potential operators will now be invited to submit a detailed tender outlining how they would run the facility to include the type of programme that could be expected and the amount they would pay as an annual lease to the council.

The successful operator will be expected to:

  • Input into the design of the arena
  • Operate and programme the arena
  • Maintain and manage the facility for the duration of the lease
  • Work in partnership with the council, community and stakeholders

Bidders have until the 1st September to submit their tender. The council will select a preferred bidder and reserve bidder for the £91 million venue in October 2014. The operator procurement will then be followed by the appointment of a design team. The arena is set to be located in the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone on the former diesel depot close to Bristol Temple Meads station and is due open in September 2017.