ONE of the North East’s newest – and biggest – venues is setting its sights on large scale events with a raft of state-of-the-art facilities.

Rainton Arena, at Houghton-le-Spring near Sunderland, recently unveiled the results of a major transformation and investment into the building.

And the space, which is the largest indoor arena in County Durham, is now perfectly equipped to cater for everything from sporting and charity dinners, to exhibitions, conferences, award evenings and product launches.

Easily accessed and with more than 800 free car parking spaces, Rainton Arena offers endless versatility in terms of layout and use.

Key features of the venue – which can hold up to 2000 people – include full audio- visual connectivity and technical support and a permanent raised stage, while a balcony area can either be utilised or closed off depending on the scale of the event.

The space also houses a fully equipped bar along with a new catering operation, which has already gained a huge amount of positive feedback from customers.

It enables the venue to cater as easily for canapés receptions and hot or cold buffets as for formal, one or two-course seated lunches for around 1000 people.

Such is Rainton Arena’s flexibility, that, instead of trying to attract corporate clients with fixed price packages, new owner, Jay Johal, tailors each event to the client’s requirements and budget.

“No two events are the same,” he said, “so it makes sense to make our pricing as versatile as the venue.

“The Arena can switch easily from being a suitably glittering setting for a black-tie event to a memorable and appropriate backdrop for a product launch or conference

“And we have the full technical and catering infrastructure to ensure that every event, no matter how large, runs smoothly and perfectly.”

Rainton Arena is within easy access of major North East road, rail and air networks and Jay is also in discussion with hotels in the area to create joint packages which he hopes will appeal to large conference and events organisers from other parts of the country.

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