Sainsbury's 2015 School Games
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Venues In Focus - The Bolton Arena
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The Bolton Arena
Venues In Focus - The Bolton Arena
29 May 2015, 4:23 pm
By Sainsbury's 2015 School Games
The Bolton Arena joins the list of world class sporting facilities hosting events at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games. Athletes going for gold in fencing and gymnastics will compete at the state-of-the-art complex in Greater Manchester.
The £10 million venue first opened its doors to the public in April 2001. During the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Bolton Arena hosted the badminton competition, where England's Simon Archer and Joanne Goode won gold in the mixed doubles contest.

Some of the biggest names in the world of sport have competed inside the 9,000 capacity main arena. In July 2005, Bolton-born boxer Amir Khan kicked off his career in the professional ranks with a win against David Bailey in front of a home crowd.

The Bolton Arena has strong links to tennis and is one of just three Lawn Tennis Association accredited International High Performance Centres, the highest status awarded to tennis academies in the UK. As well as being the leading tennis facility for elite-level players in the North West, the Arena hosted the Davis Cup in 2011, when Team GB played Tunisia.

In addition to its tennis facilities, the Arena boasts an athletics track and field, and it entertains more than 5,000 amateur footballers each week on its 5-a-side and 7-a-side pitches.

With its proud sporting history, the Bolton Arena is a fitting venue to host the fencing and gymnastics at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games.

The Sainsbury's 2015 School Games gymnastics competition takes place at the Bolton Arena from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 September, while the fencing is contested between Friday 4 and Sunday 6 September.
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