Wednesday 29 November 2017 will go down in the club’s history as literally a ground breaking day with work beginning at Riverside Dene in Elswick for our year-long build of the Eagles Community Arena (ECA).
The brand new, multi-million pound, purpose-built community sports arena will house our Eagles Community Foundation (ECF), top-flight British basketball with our Esh Group Eagles Newcastle’s BBL home games and many more recreation and education opportunities for the wider community. It is anticipated that more than 11,000 people will be engaged in sport during the ECA’s first year.
The club and foundation would like to thank everyone who sent in messages of congratulations that flew in on hearing the news that development has begun on-site and thanks also go to the North East media for their covered of the announcement and sod-cutting ceremony. Here is a selection of the Facebook posts, tweets and coverage we received:
WOW – Big moment for #BritishBasketball as my hometown team @NewcastleEagle finally start the build for their fabulous near 3,000 Eagles Community Arena. Absolutely thrilled for them, especially CEO Paul Blake. A brilliant moment for UK Ball @fiba pic.twitter.com/aVK3k8XJYi
— Paul Nilsen (@basketmedia365) November 29, 2017
Player-Coach Fab Flournoy's reaction at the ground breaking of the Eagle's new training ground pic.twitter.com/srGI2dQ7FD
— Metro Radio News (@MetroRadioNews) November 29, 2017
— BBC Look North NE&C (@BBCLN) November 29, 2017
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle - vs -Leicester RidersSport CentralBBL Championship
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 29, 2017
We're very excited to be working at the new @NewcastleEagle facility! It's great that H F Colton Plant Hire are helping with the future of the Eagles.
— TheColtonGroup (@TheColtonGroup) November 29, 2017
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) November 29, 2017
What a great bit of news for a Wednesday morning.
— GB Basketball (@gbbasketball) November 29, 2017
— Esh Group (@esh_group) November 29, 2017
— NewcastleCityCouncil (@NewcastleCC) November 29, 2017
Congratulations to everyone at the Eagles!
— Tesco Bank Community (@TB_Community) November 30, 2017