Quedgeley snooker venue to stage boxing, comedy and plays
SNOOKER bosses in Gloucester are taking a break from their usual events to stage boxing, comedy and even plays.
The South West Snooker Academy, in Quedgeley, is undergoing a redevelopment which will not only bring a change of name to The Capital Venue, but also see it branch out beyond snooker.
The centre, which opened its doors in 2010, has played host to world-renowned green baize stars such as Jimmy White, Steve Davis and Ken Doherty, last week welcomed Olympic boxing silver medallist Fred Evans.
The Team GB hero was not only in town to show off his medal, but also to ring in a period of change at the venue, based at the Waterwells Business Park.
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Commercial director Morray Dolan said: "When we opened, we were a snooker venue only.
"But snooker alone isn't going to bring us in enough revenue to be profitable.
"We have a 370 seat theatre here and we are looking at utilising it.
"Boxing is something we are really serious about holding and giving the vast array of county talent a platform."
As well as boxing events in the pipeline, changing rooms, lighting and a sound system have been fitted for plays and performances. Comedy nights are also being lined up.
"The venue lends itself perfectly to a number of different events and we are looking at all options," added Mr Dolan. "We wanted to get it known as a snooker venue initially, which I believe we have done, and then two months ago we decided to branch out.
"A lot has happened in the last few weeks and we will soon be ready to stage our first event.
"The seating is in a horseshoe shape which works great for performances."
The Capital Venue is now appealing for local groups to come forward and state an interest in holding an event at the venue.
And for a limited time they can do so for free.
Mr Dolan said: "We are very keen on getting groups, schools and charities in to use the venue and are contacting them at the moment.
"Up until December we are offering use of the venue for free, so we really want to hear from people.
"I know some schools in this area have to have two Christmas performances on separate nights because their halls don't have the capacity. But they could use us and fit it all into one night.
"There is nothing like us over at this end of town and with all the new houses popping up, we hope to be a real success."
If anyone would like to contact the venue to stage an event there they can call them on 01452 223 214.