Sports venues are not just the about intense competition among the teams competing and people cheering from the stands. Quite a few of these venues offer their space and infrastructure to hire for private sporting events, business conferences and gatherings. Spacious golf courses, stunning cricket grounds, luxurious sports clubs and huge stands that can seat several thousands of visitors – that‘s just a few of the aspects of hiring sports venues.
These facilities also have conference rooms, deluxe and luxurious rooms, restaurants, meeting rooms, and galleries. No wonder sports venues are a popular choice for hosting events like meetings, conferences and presentation evenings. For starters, they offer a lot of space! And secondly, the sports clubs and hotels also offer many technologically advanced facilities for conducting events without any major issues.
Here are some of the more coveted sports venues for hire.
The Durham County Cricket Club is one of the top 18 first-class county clubs in England that host domestic cricket matches. Set against a 18th-century castle and with rolling countryside for a background, the picturesque county of Durham is known for its cricket heritage and The Durham County Club is a stellar testimony of it. The Durham County Club is for all the cricket fans out there who want to enjoy this historic club and a very different option away from your office for team meetings. The venue is available for hire for hosting events, business meetings, conferences, weddings and team get-togethers. Stunningly beautiful and very contemporary in design, the venue can accommodate up to 700 people and offers free parking space. Other facilities include free Wi-Fi, equipment for video conferencing and a team of professional event planners that will assist you in making arrangements for your event.
Established in 2001, The Ageas Bowl has been home to Hampshire Cricket for over a decade now,
hosting international cricket matches and boxing tournaments. Sprawling over 150 acres of glorious green landscape, the venue has undergone some recent refurbishments including the opening of two new stands. Situated in Southampton, the venue is well connected to all the major motorways, train stations, and airports. At The Ageas Bowl, guests can visit the seven luxury suites available for a range of events. The conference rooms and event halls can host up to 250 people and are equipped with the best high-tech facilities such as plasma screen monitors, data projectors, and Wi-Fi.
Straddling the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire border, The Silverstone Circuit is a world-renowned motor racing circuit that has hosted many spectacular championship races in the past. The stunning venue combines the glamour of Formula One with state-of-the-art conference rooms and luxury suites.
We recommend the 12,000 m2 estate for holding business conferences, events, celebrations and even tournaments.
The Silverstone Circuit features five event halls, an International Media Centre, race garages and paddocks – all equipped with the latest amenities. There are several cosy and intimate state-of-art conference rooms as well for more private business meetings.
The venue is set in the heart of the city, a very strategic location, considering its easy accessibility from Milton Keynes, Northampton or Banbury stations. The Silverstone Wing also provides guests with event planners and interior designers to assist them in meticulously planning and managing their events.
The glorious and elegant Gleneagles Hotel is set in the heart of Scotland and is one of the leading luxury resorts in the world. Established back in 1924, the magnificent countryside estate is often described as the Riviera in the Highlands. Stretched over 850 acres, the hotel features over 200 spacious and beautifully furnished suites where guests can relax after a hectic day of outdoor sports offered by Gleneagles. These include tennis, shooting, swimming and archery.
The venue is simply a delight for golfers with three championship golf courses to its name – The King‘s, the Queen’s and the PGA Centenary (which hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup). This venue combines the best of competitive sports and fun recreational activities, giving your guests the perfect sports-vacationing experience.
Surrounded by 500 acres of lush green countryside, The Belfry Hotel and Business Centre which has had a recent makeover estimated to have cost over £26 million, is known for its sumptuous bedrooms, luxurious restaurants and iconic greens. The Belfry is the new hub for professional and amateur golfers from around the world and has hosted more Ryder Cup matches than any other venue, with its three stunning courses.
A recent makeover is estimated to have cost over £26 million. The conference rooms are large enough to accommodate 400 delegates and are equipped with the latest technology.
The venue is well-connected; it is just 20-minutes from Birmingham New Street Station and 10 miles away from Birmingham Airport. The extensive and challenging golf course has lakes, hills, bunkers and fairways creating undulating pockets.
If you‘re serious about golf and want a good game, The Belfry is a place we surely recommend.
The Bottom Line
No matter how meticulously you plan an event, you need a grand venue to make it an immense success. These sports venues discussed above provide an amazing backdrop and ambience for conducting business meetings, private sporting adventures, conferences, weddings and all kinds of events in the UK.