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Essex Sport Arena

Home to the Essex Rebels the Essex Sport Arena is a modular, state of the art facility that offers the perfect platform to host both sporting and non sporting events of all sizes.

Essex Rebels cheerleaders

Essex Sport Arena.

The £12 million Essex Sport Arena is an innovative, multi-purpose space, available for sporting events, conferences, exhibitions, trade and craft shows and dance events. At its core the Arena is a highly versatile, multi purpose event space that can be configured to suit your exact requirements.

Specs of the Sport Arena

An exceptional space.

The main arena has 2,076m2 of floor space (60m x 34.6m) and seating for up to 1,655 people. It can be sub-divided into five separate spaces, giving full flexibility to suit your event. On the first floor there is a 150m2 (25m x 6m) function room, bar and lounge area, ideal for hosting drinks’ receptions and smaller meetings, and a glass fronted studio space over-looking the Arena.

For enquiries about how the Essex Sport Arena can support your next event, please email [email protected]

Essex Sports Arena basketball field

Perfect for every occasion

Getting to the Arena

The Arena is set in over 200 acres of beautiful parkland, within the University of Essex, Colchester Campus, and has the luxury, 4* hotel Wivenhoe House within the grounds. There is on-site parking and is easily accessible by car, train and bus. It is also just one hour from London and Stansted Airport.


Whether its large-scale weddings with spacious seating of up to 1,000 guests or hosting conferences and exhibitions, the Essex Sport Arena offers total flexibility to support your individual requirements and bring your event to life.


Whether you’re looking for space for rehearsals, workshops, classes, auditions, or photo/film shoots the Arena, with a fully sprung floor and optimum acoustic resonance, provides a flexible space to suit your individual requirements. With modular seating for up to 1,655 people it is also perfect for performances and competitions.


The friendly and experienced Essex Sport Party Team will take the stress out of the organising, by providing a variety of sporting activities including football, futsal, multi-sport, basketball, Essex Rebels match day and climbing. Prizes, party bags, music, games and certificates are all part of this event filled day making any birthday one to remember and all parties have access to the Time Out activities room; take a break, have a snack and bring out the cake!

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built to international sporting standards

Sports at the Arena.

The Essex Sport Arena is a competition and spectator venue, built to international sporting standards. It offers 20 courts, including basketball, volleyball, netball, badminton and futsal; with seating for up to 1,655 spectators. The Arena and entertainment areas can be hired for county, regional, national or international sporting competitions and training camps.

The main Arena is ideal for staging televised sporting events, offering a giant video entertainment screen, integrated sound system, LED lighting, and a performance analysis system, which can be used for live-streaming events in HD. Other features include a Dynamik sprung floor; height adjustable drop down and rollout basketball goals, international specification volleyball, netball and futsal equipment, and a customisable scoreboard.

Essex Rebels camp

Sports at the Arena.

If you’d like to add a drinks reception to your event, this can be hosted in one of our entertaining spaces on the first floor; either in our function room or in the bar and lounge area. A fully fitted kitchen and on-site catering is also available. The Arena is home to the Essex Rebels elite basketball and volleyball teams and the newly formed School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences.

So whether its grassroots or professional level sporting events the Essex Sport Arena can be transformed by our experienced staff to ensure your event provides an amazing experience for participants and spectators alike.

Essex Rebels Team Huddle
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Don’t miss our next big game

Come and see fast-paced, action-packed, top-level professional basketball in a first-class venue. Match days offer family-friendly entertainment including a DJ, big screen, cheerleaders, interactive competitions, children’s activities, refreshments, and our larger-than-life mascot, Queen B.

We Are Rebels – come join the rebellion!

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