Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena is to benefit from a £1.5m (€1.8m/$1.9m) investment project, with a new ice plant among the developments planned.

The arena, which has a capacity of 13,600, serves as the home of the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team and has hosted a number of music concerts over the years.

The renovation project will also include new electrical works, dressing room refurbishment and further improvements in the arena’s counter-terrorism measures.

The new ice plant is scheduled to be fitted in time for the start of the 2020-21 ice hockey season and replaces the original 30-year-old equipment. The work is designed to provide a more environmentally-friendly, efficient performance and reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Dominic Stokes, head of venue operator SIVLive, said: “The history and heritage of this amazing venue is what makes it so special. With the support of Sheffield City Council, the investment in the FlyDSA Arena will ensure it remains one of the best multi-functional spaces in the region, promoting our great city and supporting Sheffield City Trust’s aim of improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Sheffield.

“The Sheffield Steelers have been a revelation this year with fantastic performances on the ice and phenomenal support and attendances from the fans. Investing in our infrastructure ensures our back of house experience continues to improve for promoters, acts and event organisers ensuring Sheffield remains at the forefront of the industry.”

Last month, FlyDSA Arena held 15 events which attracted over 130,000 fans. Other events planned for the rest of 2020 include Cirque Du Soleil, Premier League Darts, Strictly Come Dancing, Harry Styles, Gerry Cinnamon and Stormzy.

Image: FlyDSA Arena