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Finishing touches being made to Meadowbank Sports Centre

Edinburgh Leisure is preparing the new Meadowbank Sports Centre ahead of its expected launch at the start of the summer holidays.

June Peebles, CEO of Edinburgh Leisure
June Peebles, CEO of Edinburgh Leisure

The original Meadowbank was built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games and was used by various clubs and sporting celebrities. The closure of the venue on 3 December 2017 marked the end of an era and the start of a new one as the building was decommissioned to make way for a new sports centre.

Built by main contractors Graham Construction, the new Meadowbank was originally scheduled to reopen in 2020, but the two-year pandemic, various lockdowns and issues with building supplies and contractor resourcing, which affected the building industry, meant that delays were inevitable.

The centre will include:

  • An outdoor athletics track with a 500 seat stand and outdoor throwing and jumps area
  • An indoor athletics track and jumps space
  • Three multi-sport games halls
  • Three fitness studios
  • A gym
  • Two squash courts
  • A combat studio for martial arts
  • A boxing gym
  • Two 3G (synthetic) pitches
  • There will also be a cafe and meeting rooms

“We’re delighted that the finishing line is now in sight for the opening of this new flagship venue. The opportunity to be involved in such a major build project is special and I’m very grateful to the City of Edinburgh Council for involving Edinburgh Leisure in all aspects of this exciting investment into the City’s wellbeing. It’s been great to be involved in the project from day one however the level of excitement has certainly increased as we begin preparations for opening,” said June Peebles, CEO of Edinburgh Leisure.

“The new Meadowbank will undoubtedly pick up where the old Meadowbank left off; providing countless opportunities for generations to come to participate in physical activity and sport.  New sporting memories will be created, and we can’t wait to welcome the people of Edinburgh and beyond, into the new venue.”

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