Q What is going to happen to all the clubs, groups and activities who currently use the facilities at Meadowbank?
A Edinburgh Leisure is working to accommodate alternative facilities for all existing clubs.
Many clubs and instructors currently have “lets” with Meadowbank and Edinburgh Leisure has already managed to relocate several extended lets for December onwards.
Some of these lets will move to alternative Edinburgh Leisure venues, others will use community school facilities.
June Peebles, chief executive of Edinburgh Leisure, added: “We welcome and are obviously very excited about the prospect of a new Meadowbank.
“And, in the tradition of the existing centre, the new centre will provide a range of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in physical activity.
“Our focus at the moment is identifying the relocation options for the 100 plus clubs that use Meadowbank.
“We are also working to ensure all our members and ‘pay and play’ customers are able to keep moving and stay active and healthy with Edinburgh Leisure during the closure period.”
Q What new facilities can users expect when the new Meadowbank opens in Easter 2020?
A The new sports centre is set to include a new outdoor athletics track with a 500-seat stand.
The upgrade will also include:
n Two multi-sport games halls
n Three fitness studios
n A gym
n A gymnastics hall
n Two squash courts
n A combat studio for martial arts
n A boxing gym with ring
n A 60m, six lane indoor athletics track and jumps space
n An outdoor throwing area
n Two FIFA standard 3G all weather pitches – one which will be in the centre of the athletics track
n A cafe and meeting rooms
The first multi-sport games hall will be equivalent in size to an eight-court badminton hall with permanent seating for 420 and additional bleacher seating for 725.
The second hall is set to be the equivalent of a four-court badminton hall with permanent seating for 430.
Q Will the annual fireworks display still take place at Meadowbank Stadium?
A The annual fireworks display at Meadowbank Stadium has been a staple of the Capital’s bonfire night offering for more than 30 years.
And users and members of the public will have the chance to attend a final fireworks concert, which will take place on November 5.
Produced by award winning pyrotechnic company 21cc, the fireworks will be accompanied by a sci-fi theme with music spanning 47 years of Meadowbank, from 1970-2017.
Tickets will go on sale via TicketSource at 9am on September 18.
A City of Edinburgh Council source said: “This is the final fireworks concert at Meadowbank Stadium. No future events have been confirmed but will be investigated.”
Q How long will the work take and when can users expect to be able to use the new facilities at the refurbished Meadowbank?
A Work to complete the new sports centre is expected to take three years.
Images of the new look venue have been released following extensive consultation with individual users, sports clubs, governing bodies, sportscotland and residents.
Further information will be made available ahead of the submission of a planning application later this year.
The new centre will be partly funded by a residential and commercial development on parts of the existing site.
This will include development of affordable and low cost housing through the council’s 21st Century Homes Programme. In addition to the planning application for the new sports complex, a masterplan for the wider site development will also be submitted.