Almost 110,000 – that’s the number of visitors Swansea Arena has attracted since opening its doors around six months ago.
Developed by Swansea Council and managed by Ambassador Theater Group (ATG), the arena sits at the heart of the new Â£135million Copr Bay area.
Stars who have performed in the arena before include John Bishop, Royal Blood, and Alice Cooper and The Cult. Upcoming shows for which tickets are still available include Kaiser Chiefs on Wednesday November 2 and Level 42 on Wednesday November 9.
The 3,500 capacity arena also recently announced Wynne Evans for March 25 and Russell Howard for April 1 next year, with further announcements expected in the coming weeks.
Tickets for these and other performances are now on sale on the Swansea Arena website.
Other upcoming shows include Jersey Boys at the venue from November 29 to December 3 and Bat Out of Hell from December 6 to December 15.
Other features of the Copr Bay area being developed by the council and development managed by RivingtonHark include the coastal park next to the arena and the new bridge over Oystermouth Road.
The neighborhood arena is partly funded by the Â£1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal.
Several exhibitions have also taken place there, as well as university graduation ceremonies.
Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: âSwansea Arena has been a tremendous success since it first opened in March, bringing even more world-class entertainment to Swansea residents and visitors to our city.
“It’s a great addition to Swansea’s portfolio of cultural venues like the Grand Theater and Brangwyn Hall to give local residents more choice than ever before, while drawing more people to the city center and creating opportunities for existing and new businesses.”
The arena has also generated 22 full-time and 100 part-time jobs so far, with recruitment ongoing.
Cllr Rob Stewart, Head of Swansea Council, said: âAs well as entertainment and new opportunities for leisure, business and affordable living, the ongoing Â£1 billion regeneration of the city center is also about creating new jobs for local people.
“While it has exceeded expectations, the arena is just the beginning, with many more in the works under other projects.
âThese include the redevelopment of the former site of Oceana nightclub on The Kingsway and the transformation of sites like Swansea Central North and the Civic Center by regeneration specialists Urban Splash.
“The private sector is also investing heavily, with programs such as ‘Living Building’ led by Hacer Developments complementing everything we do to create a better city.”
Other elements of Copr Bay include a new affordable housing complex run by Pobl Group, with residents now moving in.
(Main image: Swansea Council)