Former North Shields Soccerdome to be demolished as council approves plans

The former Soccerdome in North Shields, North Tyneside.
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Plans to demolish a former football centre at the Royal Quays have been approved by North Tyneside Council.

A demolition application for the former Soccerdome, on Coble Dene, North Shields, has been accepted by the local authority. According to the application, all the internal works of the centre including the gym and sports stores, will be stripped out and removed. In addition, the building will be levelled whilst retaining the foundations and the swimming pool is to be backfilled.

The site has had a rocky history with staff told their jobs were at risk due to the proposed closure of the Soccerdome in December 2016. This also coincided with the closure of the adjoining DW Sports store.

A section of the Soccerdome was reopened in 2018 by Evolution Football, with “state of the art” facilities, including 11 five-a-side pitches. In addition, North Tyneside Council’s planning committee, back in 2019, also gave the thumbs up to a wider redevelopment of the building.

The plans included a new leisure centre featuring dinosaur-themed golf, laser tag, escape rooms, climbing walls, and a soft play facility. It was believed at the time the proposals, put forward by Everyone Entertained Ltd, would generate between 60 to 80 jobs.

The North Shields Soccerdome was also the venue of a Guinness Book of World Record attempt for the longest-ever game of five-a-side football in 2011. Whitley Bay resident Paul Newton organised the event in memory of his late father Billy, who passed away from a rare blood vessel condition, Wegener's Granulomatosis.