When Hull’s Sports Arena hosts its first match in the Allam British Open on May 12, it will be the first time the venue has staged a squash event in its 11-year history.
The indoor sports hall has been the site for the likes of basketball, netball, volleyball, boxing, darts and five-a-side football, along with an array of conferences, trade fairs and exhibitions, since opening in January 2003, but never squash.
However, that will all change next month when the 54mx33m hall will be transformed into a venue fit for the ‘Wimbledon of squash’, with the state of the art ASB ShowGlassCourt taking centre stage.
From May 12 to 18 it will house the world’s leading men’s and women’s players as they compete for the oldest and most prestigious championship on the PSA and WSA Tours.
Sports Arena Manager Mark Hagues said: “It is fantastic to be able to host the British Squash Open at the Sports Arena and add another new sport to the venue. We look forward to working alongside England Squash & Racketball in order to host a very successful event for everyone.”
The championships have moved back to a more traditional indoor setting after last year’s outdoor experiment at the neighbouring football and rugby league stadium.