Detail visuals for Bristol Flyers’ new 4000-seater arena have been unveiled.

The new venue, scheduled to open by 2022, would move the BBL outfit from their current home to a state of the art facility at Ashton Gate, adjoining their stable mates at Bristol City football club.

Martin Griffiths, chairman of Ashton Gate, said: “We’ve talked a lot about creating a Sporting Quarter for the city where our football, rugby and basketball teams will all play.

“Since first announcing plans back in September 2018 we’ve been busy consulting with as many stakeholders as possible. The reaction and interaction that we’ve had has been really positive and has brought us to the designs we are showing today. There is now more open space and public realm areas along with a reduction in the height of the tallest buildings.

“We think that these latest designs are a great step forward and next month on 24 & 25 March, we will hold a public exhibition at the stadium to outline the plans with more detail. This public exhibition will give everyone a chance to view and comment on the plans, which we hope to submit for planning at the end of the summer.”

Flyers – who look set to miss out on a spot in the BBL Trophy final after they were demolished 103-68 by NBL side Solent Kestrels in Wednesday’s first leg of the semi, are also looking at setting up a training facility and academy base nearby.

“Seeing the vision brought to life with the fly-through is a real step towards it becoming a reality,” said Flyers head coach, Andreas Kapoulas.

“The BBL Cup Final demonstrated the huge support for the club and the appetite for basketball as a sport.

“To have this kind of venue here at Ashton Gate would be a game changer for our programme, will support our future aspirations and secure our long-term sustainability to allow us to grow even further.”

Photos: Bristol Sport

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